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Sat 24 Jun 2017 11:00 am
- Sun 25 Jun 2017 5:00 pm
Greenbroom Open Day
Greenbroom, Crays Pond RG8 7SH

Greenbroom Growers Co-operative welcomes you to join us 11am to 5pm on the 25th and 26th of June for our summer open day weekend! There will be farm tours, foraging walks, a chance to chat with the growers and plenty of fresh veg to try and buy.

There will also be growing workshops and activities for children.

Sun 25 Jun 2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RFGN at East Reading Festival
Palmer Park, East Reading

RFGN is sharing a stand with Food4families at this local community festival. We'll be running our seed swap, so bring along your spare seeds to swap. We'll also be giving away seeds to grow for Reading Town Meal.

Sat 1 Jul 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RISC Roof Garden Open Day
RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading

Come and visit RISC's award-winning sustainable urban garden. Discover 185 species of plants from all over the world, in this low maintenance, multi-use, edible forest garden. Find out about how they harvest water and landscape with renewable and reclaimed materials.

Entrance £3.50 as part of the National Garden Scheme.

Sat 5 Aug 2017 THA Annual Show
Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst

Categories for vegetables, fruit, preserves, photography and more.

Sat 19 Aug 2017
- Sun 20 Aug 2017
Introduction to Permaculture
Braziers Park, Nr Reading OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

A wonderfully inspiring weekend learning Permaculture basics – ethics, principles and design tools to re-imagine your life, your garden, farm, community or any project for sustainability, regeneration and abundance – its not just gardening!

You will leave with the tools to get started, your first design, new friends and hopefully motivation to continue along a permaculture path. This course is quite intensive but fun, thought-provoking and potentially life changing too! The programme includes group work, films and slideshow, classroom sessions and outdoor sessions with contributions from members of the residential community. If you have a project in mind already you can bring details, or we’ll help you identify a first design.

The course will take place in a comfortable converted cowshed in an ancient orchard surrounded by wildflower meadows. Organic lunches & refreshments are included. Camping in the orchard is available at £15 per person per night and nearby B&B is also available in Ipsden or Wallingford – book early. On Saturday evening we will lead a walk through the woods and lanes to the nearby King William pub for our evening meal and finish the night with a big campfire – musical or other entertainments welcome.

Course cost: £150 (includes tuition, talks, handouts, locally sourced organic lunches and refreshment breaks) some concessions available. More information can be found at Trish Whitham Permaculture.

Sat 9 Sep 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RISC Roof Garden Open Day
RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading

Come and visit RISC's award-winning sustainable urban garden. Discover 185 species of plants from all over the world, in this low maintenance, multi-use, edible forest garden. Find out about how they harvest water and landscape with renewable and reclaimed materials.

Open as part of Reading Heritage Trail. Donations welcome.

Sun 10 Sep 2017
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Autumn Herbal Medicine & Foraging Workshop
Braziers Park, Nr Reading OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

The last of our seasonal trio of plant study and foraging days, an early autumn excursion for fruits and roots as the cycle of the year turns. We will learn about specific plant characteristics and energies and learn how to make different preparations.

Cost £60. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Additional meals may be possible at Braziers’ three-tier rate. There may be a small additional charge for materials paid directly to your tutor.

Sun 10 Sep 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RISC Roof Garden Open Day
RISC, 35-39 London St, Reading

Come and visit RISC's award-winning sustainable urban garden. Discover 185 species of plants from all over the world, in this low maintenance, multi-use, edible forest garden. Find out about how they harvest water and landscape with renewable and reclaimed materials.

Open as part of Reading Heritage Trail. Donations welcome.

Wed 1 Nov 2017
7:30 pm
An Evening with Monty Don
Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

Monty Don is a renowned gardening writer and BBC television presenter and the nation's favourite and most respected gardener. Hear him speak about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world, what really happens behind the scenes when filming, about how he made his own organic garden from a bare field and how understanding and working with nature enriches and empowers us all.

Tickets cost £20.

Sat 18 Nov 2017
- Sun 19 Nov 2017
Winter Herbals Weekend – Making Winter Tonics & Christmas Presents
Braziers Park, Nr Reading OX10 6AN
Organised by: Braziers Park

With community herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad. Spend a cosy winter weekend at Braziers preparing for the season of darkness by concocting healing herbal goodies to support the immune system and to give as beautiful handmade Christmas presents. We will explore the kitchen cupboard of herbs and spices to learn about common food herbs that can help us through winter once prepared into effective medicines and learn about winter-specific herbal remedies to protect against viruses, manage flus and fevers and soothe chests through coughs and congestion. Make a warming syrup and a chest rub, blend a wintertime tea and learn how to create other healing medicines that will keep you going till spring and delight your friends and family.

£120 per person for 2-day course with lunch and refreshments provided (concessions available). Additional meals and overnight stay are available. Please note: there will be an additional charge for the ‘take home’ materials which will not be more than £10 to be paid directly to the tutor.

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