Training designed for you
At the outset of the pandemic we started running regular webinars to help our members navigate the rapidly changing landscape brought about by COVID-19. These proved to be incredibly popular and we loved the increased sense of solidarity and community that the webinars brought to our network - so we have decided to continue them!
We have added a monthly webinar to the package of benefits that Social Farms & Gardens members can access with their free membership.
These aren’t just for COVID-19 issues, we’ll be tackling a whole range of subjects relevant to our members, and hope the format will allow our members to share experiences and the amazing work they are doing up and down the country.
Not a member? You can sign up for free here
Care farming training
Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices, and as part of our 3 year 'Growing Care Farming' project, we are offering a range of specialised training opportunities on varied topics. This training supports those wanting to start a care farm, care farmers who are already delivering services and people who just want to know more. See our list of upcoming webinars below. Details of all the project training opportunities on offer can be found on the Growing Care Farming Training page.
Growing Teachers - helping you to help your school grow
Growing Teachers is about inspiring, supporting and empowering teachers, support staff, independent practitioners and volunteers to develop and run a school growing and/ or farming project successfully and sustainably.
Whether you are breaking new ground in your school or seeking to grow an established school project, this programme offers a complete approach to the subject suitable for everyone from novice to experienced practitioner.
The learning combines educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional online classroom methods. This is combined with assignments personalised to your own project which lets you work on your own and involves visits to other school and community gardens/farms and with other learners and mentors.
Gardeniser Pro Training
A Gardeniser (garden-organiser) is a key coordinating role working inside the community or urban garden. The role requires the Gardeniser to have both technical skills, like practical gardening skills, as well as the ability to enable volunteers and staff who work in the garden to be fully included in the work that garden is doing through good communication, mediation, organisation and management skills. A Gardeniser supports cohesion, participation and social inclusion in the community garden. The Gardeniser promotes community/urban gardens in their area by raising awareness of their garden in a community and the outcomes they can deliver for their area such as reducing social isolation, creating volunteering opportunities and enabling people to access fresh fruit and vegetables. They also support good communication between the public sector and the community active in the community garden.
In March 2019 Social Farms & Gardens launched their first local training course to 20 selected aspiring Gardenisers, namely young people and adults that are involved with urban/community gardens in various ways, both in the public and private sectors.
We run webinars and online training courses across England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Details of upcoming events are published on this page regularly.
Missed a webinar?
You can view all of our previous webinars for free online.
Our free webinars on COVID-19 issues included:
- Budgeting and Funding
- The Post-COVID Future for the Community Farming and Growing Sector
- Supporting Communities to Grow At Home
- Land Issues and Opportunities
- Risk Management
- Insurance and Liability
- Food Bank Partnerships
- Working with Vulnerable Volunteers during COVID -19
- Creating Great Video Content
- Welcoming Diversity In Community Farms and Gardens.