• Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018
    10.00am - 3.30pmTolhurst Organic Partnership CIC, The Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

    A practical workshop on all aspects of using woodchip: ramial woodchip, woodchip compost, etc.

    A one day seminar at Tolhurst Organic where Tolly has been using woodchip for wonderful things. We will explore and learn about different ways to use woodchip on a farm; including Tolly’s home made woodchip compost, marvellous mulching and his trials with ramial woodchip. The day will also cover management of on-farm resources for woodchip production and a dip into the theories of Jean Pain, the French innovator who developed a woodchip compost based bioenergy system.

    Booking
    £10 (ex VAT) to cover the costs of a homemade organic lunch. Please book by 20th February 2018. To book, please click here or contact [email protected] For more information about the event please contact Sally Westaway

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10.00-16.00Walled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Photo by Eva Nemeth

    Time to get sowing: learn principles, tips and tricks for successful propagation
    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to learn more about successful propagation to grow their crops from seed.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own veg from seed. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    Propagation media and materials, including how to make your own seed compost
    Tips for optimum germination
    Direct sowing: ground preparation and sowing techniques
    Planning your spring sowing schedule
    Growing healthy seedlings: what can go wrong and how to keep them strong!
    You will sow a tray of seeds in our home made seed compost to grow on at home.

    Part of the Seed to Plate series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we will explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.

    Price for the day £70.00. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch. We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.

    To book you place, click here

    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.

    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    10.00-16.00Walled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Photo by Walter Lewis

    Develop or improve your own crop plan and rotation and create a diverse garden to prevent pests & diseases

    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to learn more about crop rotations to grow their crops from seed.

    What will you learn?

    This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and crop rotations for small areas, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own food. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

    - develop your own cropping plan

    - develop your own rotation plan

    - develop a list of continual planting throughout the year.

    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we will explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.

    Price £70/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch and take-home a model cropping plan.

    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    To book you place, click here.

    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.

    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    10.00-16.00Walled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Box Scheme

    Raw seasonal food

    Replenish your body with fresh spring-time treats: learn how to make tasty and nourishing raw vegan food

    Who is the workshop for?

    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced home cooks who wish to develop their skills in seasonal vegan cooking and eating.

    What will you learn?

    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to use raw food in your diet. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

    - how vegan are (some) organic vegetables

    - how to replace out-of-season veg in your diet

    - how to access macro and micro-nutrients in a raw vegan dish

    - how to use seasonal produce in raw dishes

    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.

    Price £85/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian/vegan lunch and some take-home goodies.

    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.

    To book your place, click here

    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.

    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    12noon-4pmTolhurst Organic Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate

    What is a vegan farm? Well, come to our Open Day and learn. We do not have any animals on the farm (apart from our dog, birds and myriads of pollinating insects) and do not use any animal muck to grow our organic veg. We were the first farm in the world to certify with Stockfree Organic Standards in 2003 – an international quality assurance scheme confirming total care for the environment without any animal inputs.
    We take the seriousness of veganism to a gastronomic height. Our produce is local and seasonal, grown with love and care and from it we intend to cook delicious food: salads, soups, bakes, pastry, ice cream  and deserts, to show that vegan food does not have to be boring, expensive, artificial or exotic. Pizzas and licensed bar will be available, too, for all tastes and ages.
    Trade stalls with vegan food and beverages, vegan skin care products, local crafts, children entertainment and garden walk – all to make your day at the farm as enjoyable as ever.
    Event programme will also include a Story telling corner for children and a Speakers corner for adults on vegan farming & food and healthy eating.
    Entry is £4/person. Children come free. This is a cash only event. We regret that there are no cash machines in the vicinity of the farm. The nearest one is 3 miles away in the village of Pangbourne. Car park available in the field, 0.8 miles walking distance, so bring your pushchairs for children. Limited parking available for disabled and elderly. Enquire at gates.
    Stall holders can apply for a pitch at [email protected].

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    10am - 4pmWalled Garden Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Learn how to grow the perfect strawberry: growing and propagation secrets from an expert strawberry grower.

    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable strawberry growing techniques.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and strawberry growing, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own food. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    - how to propagate from your own stock of strawberry plants
    - what strawberry varieties to choose for long and short season cropping
    - how to prepare the soil for strawberries, including fertility building
    - what planting systems you can use in your garden
    - who to protect your strawberry crops fromw eather, pests and diseases
    - how to harvest your strawberry crop, including post-harvest management
    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we will explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.
    Price £70/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch and take-home potted runners.

    To book your place, click here
    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.
    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018
    10am-4pmWalled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD


    Learn how to keep your garden growing through the winter months and keep the greens on your plate!

    Who is the workshop for?
    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to harvests crops continually through the seasons.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to keep your veg plot productive through the colder months. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    Choosing your growing system
    Planning your sowing schedule & selecting varieties for winter cropping
    How to sow, grow and harvest for the best results
    Soil preparation & management – including fertility-building and rotation
    Propagation media, materials and techniques
    You will sow your own salad seedlings to grow on at home.
    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we will explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.
    Price £70/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch.
    To book you place click here.
    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.
    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    10am-4pmWalled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    A day of learning, making, and tasting ancient and traditional methods of preserving vegetables – from lacto-fermentation to long shelf-life vegetable medleys.
    Who is the workshop for?
    This workshop is aimed at gardeners, cooks and food-lovers who want to learn how to preserve vegetables to enjoy throughout the year. This workshop will not cover jams and chutneys; we will focus instead on traditional – savoury and healthy – methods of preserving!
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to get preserving and create your own home-cooked meals in a jar! It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    Health & safety in the preserving kitchen
    Different methods of preserving veg – from lacto-fermentation to long-life vegetable medleys and whole tomatoes in their own juice
    Taste and discuss our own home-made preserves and pickles over lunch!
    Two healthy, savoury recipes which we will make together – picking veg directly from the garden and preserving it together in the kitchen
    The theory behind the techniques and recipes so you can experiment and create your own meals in a jar at home!
    You will leave the workshop with two jars of preserves, and print-outs of the recipes. You will also have the possibility to buy veg to take home if you want to carry on preserving more of our delicious summer harvests!
    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we will explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.
    Price £85/person. Price includes a delicious home grown, vegetarian lunch.
    To book your place, click here.
    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.
    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    12noon-5pmTolhurst Organic Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate

    Autumnal Dress Parade
    Children's entertainment
    Live music
    Bouncy Castle
    Giant Pumpkins Competition
    Bring a carved pumpkin to compete for a prize!
    Admission £4.00/person. Children come free.
    Stall holders can apply for a pitch by Contacting Us

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    10am-4pmWalled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Get to know your soil and learn how to work with what you've got and how to keep it thriving
    This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable soil management.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics of soil management and crop rotations for small areas, deal with your queries and build your confidence to grow your own food. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    - identifying your soil type (IMPORTANT! Bring a sample of your soil to the workshop. Half a kilo will suffice.)
    - appropriate soil management and assessment of tillage techniques
    - how to feed your soil
    - asses your soil structure and simple methods of assesing your soil profiles
    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to soil management, harvesting, cooking and preserving your produce.
    Price £70/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch and take-home analysis of physical properties of your soil.
    To book your place, click here.
    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.
    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018
    10am-4pmWalled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Brighten your winter table by learning how to use local winter veg the Eastern European way.
    A day of learning, making, and tasting traditional methods of cooking in Easter Europe
    Who is the workshop for?
    This workshop is aimed at gardeners, cooks and food-lovers who want to learn how to diversify their cooking and eating vegetarian and vegan food.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to get cooking! It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    Stuffed peppers and cabbage leaves
    Sweet pumpkin pastry
    Using preserves from the summer
    Making corn bread
    You will leave the workshop with a contaienr of stuffed cabbage leaves to cook at home, and print-outs of the recipes. You will also have the possibility to buy veg to take home if you want to carry on cooking.
    Part of a series of workshops at Tolhurst Organic CIC to learn to grow, cook and preserve your own food. Each month, we explore and develop food-related skills – from planning a vegetable garden to harvesting and preserving your produce.
    Price £85/person. Price includes a delicious home grown, vegetarian lunch.
    To book your place, click here.
    We can cater for special dietary requirements - please contact us directly at least 7 days before the workshop.
    We offer GIFT VOUCHERS valid for any workshops organised by Tolhurst Organic, should you wish to give one and let the recipient choose their own date and topic.
    We may be able to offer a number of SUBSIDISED PLACES for young growers and those on low income. Please enquire.