Training designed for you
New – Monthly Social Farms & Gardens Webinars
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!
From October we’ll be adding 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
We’ll be announcing our first topic on this page soon. If you have a suggestion for a webinar subject that you think we could cover then please e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear from you.
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.
13th October 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Governance: How should I set up my care farming enterprise?
What: In this themed webinar we will address the complexities of possible governance options for care farmers (and other green care service providers). This is something that many prospective care farmers raise with us, so the webinar will highlight the importance of the right governance set up, the various options available to care farmers, and the advantages and requirements of each.
Who:This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care famers and others from 'green care' sites
When:13th October 2020, 2.00pm - 3.00pm, via GoToWebinar
More information and booking
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.
Other training and support
Throughout the year and across the UK, we offer training events and workshops on all aspects of community growing and farming including:
- Animal husbandry and welfare
- Community involvement
- Funding and budgeting
- Land use management
- Legal requirements
- Committee and management roles
- Working with young people, volunteers and people with special needs
- Planning and design
We regularly highlight training events through the regional and country pages of our website and via our social media links (members get a hefty discount on these training events).
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.
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.