• Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015
    11.00-16.00Walled Garden at Hardwick estate

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  • 11.00-16.00Walled Garden at Hardwick estate

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  • 11.00-16.00Walled Garden at Hardwick estate

    This is a first-time event at our farm, since we have started growing strawberries again. Twenty or more Strawberry_2years ago the business was specialised in strawberry plants for fruit and propagation and was the largest supplier of organic strawberry plants in the UK. All well, until the virus Verticillium Wilt, set in teh ground since the 2nd World War destroyed the plantation in a matter of days. The business would have gone bust, if it were not for the vegetables that we had started selling as well. A dear lesson was learned - Diversify. It took a great deal of courage to start again, in 2014, and an even greater deal of knowledge and experience. The virus is still there, but we have learned to defy it. How? Join the Market Garden Tour at 2pm to learn from Tolly, the grower.

    Bring your children and family for a great day out. Enjoy teas, coffee, home-made pastry, a cup of creamy soups with organic artisan bread rolls and bring a large basket to stock up on your veg and strawberries for the week.

  • Mon
    20
    Jul
    2015
    10:30 - 14:00Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate
    Farm walk. nasturshiumsAn inspiring talk, farm walk and networking opportunity for interested growers, farmers, gardeners, students and all folk interested in Soils.
    Due to popular demand, this is a chance for all those who wish to visit our farm and have a structured conversation with Iain Tolhurst and other like-minded people. Subjects such as soil fertility, rotations, green manures, weed and pest control will be tackled. By registration only.  £25.00/person + VAT including hearty organic home-made lunch with seasonal farm vegetables. Limited places available, so sign up here and let us know how many people are coming. Booking open until 13 July.
  • Sun
    02
    Aug
    2015
    12 noon - 5pmWalled Garden at Hardwick Estate
    A second year in a row, this time our Mulberry Fayre will be dedicated to local mulberry_1talent.

    DAY PROGRAMME

    12 NOON GATES OPEN

    1PM - NAMIBIA: THE LAST WILDERNESS – SLIDE SHOW BY NIC BRAZIL (large marquee)

    1PM - FLORAL ARRANGEMENT DEMO: Berry Bouttonieres BY CHANTAL STEAR

    2PM – 3PM LIVE MUSIC by DOLLY AND THE CLOTHESPEGS

    2PM – TOUR OF HISTORIC HARDWICK HOUSE by Miriam Rose

    2PM – THE NATURAL WORLD – by Bardica Story telling

    2:30pm - FLORAL ARRANGEMENT DEMO: Foraged Flower Crowns BY CHANTAL STEAR

    3:00 PM - RAFFLE PRIZES in support to PHOENIX Centre for disabled children in Riscani, Moldova, by MAD AID ORG

    3:30 PM - NAMIBIA: THE LAST WILDERNESS – SLIDE SHOW BY NIC BRAZIL (large marquee)

    4:00 PM – TOUR OF HISTORIC HARDWICK HOUSE by Miriam Rose

    4:00 PM – THE NATURAL WORLD – by Bardica Story telling

    5:00 PM -  Event closes

    THROUGHOUT THE DAY

    Mulberry Tree Colouring competition – at Children’s tent

    Moldovan food & wine Tasting – at Charity tent Supporting MAD AID ORG

    Wax rolling activities – at Alder Bridge School tent

    Hula hooping with Rose Tolhurst

    Framed pictures by the Mulberry Tree

    Bouncy Castel for children under 12

    Hula hooping with Rose Tolhurst

     

     

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    11.00 - 17.00Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate

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    The third Squash & Pumpkin Festival is set to attract over a thousand people and will offer everything rural, from pumpkins and squash, sweet corn BBQ, pizza oven, tractors for picture taking, workshops and stalls, in a beautiful setting, with very friendly people. Children's entertainment from 2 to 4pm, plus story telling, tours of historic Hardwick House, garden tour at 3pm. Come with your family, dress autumnal, bring your carved pumpkins or large pumpkins to compete for a prize. Lots to do, to taste and to learn!

    Local food & drink producers, craftsmen and artisans are welcome. To sign up for a stall, please complete and email back this Form

    Squash and Pumpkin Festival Applicaton Form for Stall Holder

  • Mon
    30
    Nov
    2015
    10.00 AM - 3.30 PMTolhurst Organic

    Tolly_AFBookings for this event have now closed. If you are interested, please email us and we shall plan another workshop in spring 2016.

    Integrating trees into an organic horticultural system offers opportunities to diversify the business as well as environmental benefits. This workshop will provide practical advice and pointers on implementing agroforestry systems on your farm.

    The day will centre around Iain Tolhurst’s newly planted agroforestry system with plenty of opportunity for discussion. We will explore the pros and cons of planting trees for agroforestry in horticultural businesses. There will be advice on species choice and design; tree establishment, understorey management; pruning and managing fruit trees in agroforestry systems; management and grant availability.

    £12 per head to include organic lunch. To reserve your place, you must book with the Organic Research Centre by clicking here

    Lunch Menu

    Leek & potato soup

    Bread rolls, including gluten-free option

    Butter and vegan spread

    Green leaf salad, may include celery and mustard

    Protein salad with grated roots and red beans

    Tea & coffee including Decaf and herb teas

    Digestive biscuits

     

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    10 AM - 2 PMTolhurst Organic

     

    This event is designed to help growers understand more about making and using their LEEKS6own compost.

    09.30 Registration and refreshments

    10.00 Introduction to Innovative Farmers

    10.15 The Science (Catherine Dawson, Melcourt Industries)

    This will include a presentation and lots of opportunity for questions

    Effects of c
    onductivity
    Factors effecting germination and subsequent growth,
    Key properties of individual ingredients.
    Why and when should you consider adding woodchip compost, green waste or coir?

    11.00 The Trialling (Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture)

    Testing a new compost – how to assess results
    Management of trials and recording information
    Benefits of trialling as a collective
    Woodchip and Biochar case study

    11.30 The Practical (Iain Tolhurst, Tolhurst Organic)
    Collection of material
    Managing the heap
    Using the compost – propagation and fertility

    13.00 Lunch

    13.45 Close and depart

    Please email Astrid Barrowman at [email protected] with any queries. For more information on the Innovative Farmers Programme, please visit the innovativefarmers.org website.

    To book your free place, visit the link  here
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  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016
    12am - 5pmWalled Garden at Hardwick Estate

    Strawberry A6For the second season we will be offering all things strawberry at an Open Day at the farm, for all customers, local community and beyond.

    This year the theme is VINTAGE and visitors are encouraged to dress accordingly. Albert Fields from Goring will be there to do your hair "vintage style".

    And get ready for a day of sumptuous strawberry sweets, strawberry ice cream, salads, soups and wood fired pizza.

    Children's entertainment with lovely Lori of Bardica Theatre and live music.

    Vintage stalls, licensed bar and hula hooping free workshops for everyone. We also have a vintage book for sale "Growing Strawberries Organically", written by Iain Tolhurst in 1986.

    Short talk on growing strawberries, varieties and pest control by Iain Tolhurst at 2PM.

    Entry is £3.50 per adult, children under 12 come free.

    Information for stall holders: if you would like to sell your goods at the Fayre, please send us the Application Form

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    11 AM - 5PMWalled Garden at Hardwick

    A6The fourth Squash & Pumpkin Festival is set to display a splendour of squashes and pumpkins to anybody's taste this year.

    Along with lots of other seasonal veg, home-made food, licensed bar and activities for all ages.

    Admission is £3.50/person. Children go free. Tickets available at the gate, cash only.

     

    EVENT PROGRAMME

    11.00 Opening. Reg Troubshort Banjo Band

    11.30 Bardika Theater Story Telling

    12.00 Berty Slippers Kids Show

    12.30 Moldovan Folk Dance Workshop (tbc)

    1.00Pm Berty Slippers Kids Show

    1.00Pm Banjo Playing Workshop for adults

    1.30 Bardika Theatre Story Telling

    2.00 Berty Slippers Kids Show

    2.20 Reg Troubshort Banjo Band

    3PM Garden Tour for adults with Iain Tolhurst

    3.00 Berty Slippers Kids Show

    3.30 Bardika Theatre Story Telling

    4.00 Moldovan Folk Dance Workshop (tbc)

    5PM Close

    The Programme may be adjusted to weather conditions.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    4.30pm - 11.30pmPacking Shed in the Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate

    Featuring, in no particular order:
    The String Project, Seasons in Shorthand, All is Worth, The Pink Diamond Review, Stuart Clark, The Midnight Rambler and Minnie Birch.
    Music starts at 5pm.
    Pizzas will be available to purchase for £3.50 or £5.00, baked in the Tolhurst Organic woodfired pizza oven, and made with locally grown produce.
    Please bring your own drinks.
    Why not make a weekend of it and camp at in the beautiful Hardwick camping field on the banks of the River Thames. Camping £5 per pitch, campervans welcome, children are welcome too!
    Gig entry by donation, suggested minimum £5.

    All profits will go to the musicians.

    For details, contact AWBW owners

  • Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017
    12 noon - 5pmWalled Garden at Hardwick

    This popular family-oriented event returns this year with even more sumptuous strawberries (fingers crossed!), traditional English desserts, competitions, games and crafts!

    Celebrate Father's Day at the farm!

    Entry fees stay the same - £3.50/person. Children under 12 come free.

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017
    4PM-9PMTOLHURST ORGANIC

    Field walk and dinner for an internationl group of farmers, part of the EU-funded AFINET project in cooperation with the Organic Research Centre. This group is now complete.

  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    9.30AM - 1.30PMTOLHURST ORGANIC

    Farm Walk for senior students of the Scottish Royal Agricultural College.
    Field crops
    Agroforestry
    Composting area
    Walled garden
    Green tunnels
    Propoagation house
    Tools & machinery
    Stock-free systems
    This event is fully booked now.

  • Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017
    10am-4pmWalled Garden, Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Reading, RG8 7RA

    The first of an ongoing series of workshops and short courses offered by Tolhurst Organic CIC for home gardeners, allotment growers and community gardeners.

    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. 

    What will you need for the workshop?

    A loose-leaf notebook for notes and handouts, pen, sturdy shoes, all weather gear and/or sun protection for outdoor practical session.  Cost: £70 – includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch and a take-home tray of winter salad sowings. To sign up, please Contact Us

     

  • Tue
    29
    Aug
    2017
    12.45-17.15Tolhurst Organic C.I.C. The Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Hardwick Road Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

    Improving soil health and fertility through overwintering cover crops: comparing different green manure sowing dates and assessing effects on soil and following cash crops. This field day will evaluate the most practical and useful soil assessment tools for field veg growing systems.
    - Ramial woodchip in horticultural systems to improve soil health and fertility
    - Field walk and soil assessment method demonstration at trial sites
    Who should come?
    The workshops are aimed at growers, but may also be useful for farmers and advisors. We expect that growers will already have a basic understanding of the link between soil health and plant health and will be looking to understand more about this and how soil testing can be used to strengthen their growing system.
    This is a FREE event, but places are limited, so book early HERE

  • Sat
    02
    Sep
    2017
    10.00 - 16.00Tolhurst Organic Walled Market Garden

    Price #70.00 includes home-grown vegetarian lunch and 2 jars of preserves to take home.

    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! 

    What will you need for the workshop?

    An apron (essential!), your own favourite chopping knife (if possible), a loose-leaf notebook for notes and handouts, pen, sturdy shoes, all weather gear and/or sun protection for outdoor garden tour and veg harvesting.

    To sign up, please Contact Us

     

  • Mon
    04
    Sep
    2017
    10AM - 5.30PMTOLHURST ORGANIC

    Workshop and Farm Walk for Landworkers Alliance members, farmers and growers

    Everything about woodchip compost: from the pile of raw woodchip to using it as propagation substrates.

    Price £35/person+VAT, including wholesome organic vegetarian or vegan lunch.

    To sign up*, please send an email

    • places may not be available, depending on client's group size, please enquire
  • Tue
    19
    Sep
    2017
    10.00 - 15.30Tolhurst Organic Partnership CIC, The Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

    A practical one day workshop exploring the pros and cons of integrating trees and vegetable production.

    Integrating trees into an organic horticultural system offers opportunities to diversify the business as well as environmental benefits. This workshop will provide practical advice and pointers on implementing agroforestry systems on your farm. The day will centre on Iain Tolhurst’s recently planted agroforestry system with plenty of opportunity for discussion. We will explore the pros and cons of planting trees for agroforestry in horticultural businesses. There will be advice on species choice and design; tree establishment and understorey management; the economics of planting and managing trees; and grants and support available. We will also report on some of the research and monitoring we have been doing as part of the AGFORWARD project, and a short workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges of integrating trees and vegetables.

    Cost: £12 (Inc. VAT) to cover the costs of lunch, tea and coffee.

    Please book by 15th September 2017.

    To book, please click here or contact [email protected]

     

  • Sun
    08
    Oct
    2017
    12 NOON - 5PMWalled Garden at Hardwick

    The fifth Squash & Pumpkin Festival is set to display a splendour of squashes and pumpkins to anybody's taste this year.

    Along with lots of other seasonal veg, home-made food, licensed bar and activities for all ages.

    NEW: Autumn Fashion Parade for families to compete for a prize. Dress for the occasion!Admission is £3.50/person. Children go free. Tickets available at the gate, cash only.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019
    10am-4pmWalled Garden Packing Shed Hardwick Estate Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RD

    Principles, techniques and tips for making and using your own high-quality compost from kitchen and garden materials
    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 compost making.
    What will you learn?
    This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to make your own compost. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:
    - what are the benefits and values of compost
    - how to produce quality compost for home-grown garden cropping
    - identify suitable materials and their sourcing
    - learn about different composting systems
    - look into needed equipment
    - how to build the compost heap
    - how to manage a compost heap
    - how to use your compost
    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 £70/person. Price includes a home grown, vegetarian lunch and take-home bag of our woodchip compost.
    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.