Learn how to grow food sustainably and make money
Wales has declared a climate emergency and every solution to global warming includes radical change in how we produce food. It is as important to start this right now around Crickhowell as anywhere else in the world.
Here are some places in Wales and around the world where you can learn about ways of growing food that are very productive and good for the climate. Many refer to permaculture, which is defined as “consciously designing landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for the provision of local needs.”
The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth offers some interesting courses:
- A postgraduate course, Sustainable Food and Natural Resources
- A 3-day Introduction to Permaculture
- A 5-day course on Food Production and Consumption
Cardiff University has a part-time course for adults on permaculture: Design Your Edible Garden.
Troed y Rhiw Farm in West Wales offers courses in starting up as an organic grower or farmer as well as in bee-keeping.
Ridgedale Permaculture in Sweden has published many articles and videos on profitable, mixed permaculture to inspire you, as well as books and an on-line training course for those wanting to start up.
Jardins de la Grelinette in Canada, where they share their methods of growing organic vegetables on 1.5 acres, yielding over UK£60,000 per acre with 60% profit margins – enough to sustain their family. They run a course to take market gardeners to the next level. It gives life-time access to over 15 hours of tuition and materials.
And near to home….
Brecon Beacons Foraging near Brecon offers courses in identifying edible wild plants and preparing them for food. There are courses for children and even foraging birthday parties! Read more about Brecon Beacons Foraging on this website.
Photo: Ferme du Bec-Hellouin, France