Training events & workshops

Training designed for you

Throughout the year and across the UK, we offer training events and workshops on all aspects of community growing and care farming including:

  • Animal husbandry and welfare
  • Community involvement
  • Funding and budgeting
  • Horticulture
  • Land use management
  • Legal requirements
  • Committee and management roles
  • Working with young people, volunteers and people with special needs
  • Planning and design
  • Staffing

We regularly highlight training events through the regional and country pages of our website and via our social media links (remember: members get a hefty discount on these training events).

Growing a Healthy Community Garden with Dobies

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dobies who, as well as offering discounts on their products for our members, are sponsoring a year’s worth of vital training for members of Social Farms & Gardens. This training will support members to grow a healthy community garden and a healthy organisation and events will be held across England.

You can find details of forthcoming events in this series in our Events section.

This training is one of many exclusive opportunities for members of Social Farms & Gardens. Membership is open to any organisation that provides benefits to individuals/communities by engaging them in meaningful land-based activities (such as community managed gardens and farms, or care farms) and agrees to annually supply data needed to advocate on their behalf.

Membership is free – it’s quick and easy to join here. Not sure whether your organisation is already a member? Please contact us to find out.

Starting a community garden or farm?

We recommend that anyone planning to start up a new group reads our Community Growing Resource Packs. You can find these in the resources section.

If you want to find out what training events (and networking opportunities) are available near you, please visit the In Your Area page.

In addition, we can usually put you in touch with a city farm or community garden within travelling distance from you and are always happy to provide advice and support on the community management of gardens and farms. Advice can be given by correspondence on the telephone or on site where appropriate.

Starting a care farm?

We've information to help you whether you are an existing farmer who wants to diversify or someone already working in education/care/social work. We've outlined the key issues you need to consider, including training and where to find funding. Please visit this page to find out more.

Case Studies

Our inspirational case studies show how we support members to create opportunities for local people


Upcoming events including our own training events and workshops, selected events and training run by organisations in the sector and events taking place on our members own sites.