Market Garden

Sheepdrove has partnered with local edible garden designers and educators edge to offer a programme of face to face practical food growing workshops in the market garden and poly tunnel on our organic farm.

Our market garden is set up in a way to create high productivity, with minimal labour, management time and resources. We would love to share our model with you if you are looking to grow food at home, as a professional or set up a commercial food enterprise.

We practice regenerative, organic and agroecological principles. Our unique system generates £500-£1500 per m2 of growing space. We run a variety of training days to enable you to learn how to replicate this model on your own land.

Squash in Sheepdrove garden
FARMstart team

FARMstart

This 4-day commercial organic and regenerative grower training course is intended to encourage a new generation of commercial growers to meet the increasing demand for sustainable local food and supply their own local buyers. The training will cover the main technical issues, including: commercial production of veg, fruit, herbs, eggs, edible flowers, cut flowers, eggs (touching on meat and fish), regenerative soil management, winter crops, crop planning, packaging, pricing and selling.

Practical Training

On site practical courses delivered in our market garden, demonstrating best practice management for minimal labour and maximum crop output. Open to home growers, allotmenteers, aspiring growers, professional growers, landowners and farmers, we have a range of courses suitable for all existing knowledge levels.

Rachel from edge

About Rachel Hammond and edge

Rachel began growing at a young age, learning from her grandparents as a child. Although she grew up locally in Lambourn, she was living in Todmorden when the Incredible Edible movement started. Whilst living in Oxford, she set up Incredible Edible Oxford to grow food in public spaces across the city. Incredible Edible Oxford evolved into the social enterprise ‘edge’ six years ago in response to the growing demand for learning and design of food spaces. Rachel is a qualified Urban Designer and a Landscape Architect; she is passionate about good quality food produced without damaging soil or biodiversity. edge works with a number of market gardens across the country and there are many opportunities to create an income as a producer.

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