Kindling Trust commercial growers course

Kindling Trust
Manchester England, GB
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Kindling Trust commercial growers course

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What will you learn?

We are serious about getting more people into commercial food growing, and we are looking to support people who are serious about doing it too! Each Autumn we run a 4-day Commercial Organic Horticulture Course - offering people an amazing training opportunity to learn how to set up an organic food growing business from the growers themselves. 

 Our four day course is taught by experienced growers at their sites: Jenny Griggs of Climate Friendly Food at Fir Tree Farm, Glebelands City Growers and FarmStart. 

The course covers the key areas for setting up and running a food growing enterprise, including: 

  • Running a food growing business (including finances, legal issues, record-keeping, Health & Safety, managing volunteers) and co-operative business models. 
  • Understanding and maintaining soil fertility 
  • Small-scale market gardening 
  • focusing on plant propagation and salad leaf production 
  • Field-scale vegetable production, including pests and diseases and machinery maintenance 
The course also involves two additional placement days at local organic farms (week days if possible), so that you practice what you learn during the course and get a taste of working at a commercial scale.

Who is this Course for?

The course is part of the process for recruiting new growers for our FarmStart programme for the following year’s growing season, so we will prioritise people who are hoping to apply for this. 

However if you are looking to become commercial grower in another area of Greater Manchester - or anywhere else for that matter – do get in touch (you will need to organise your own transport and accommodation however). 

Anyone interested in becoming a commercial organic grower, who can commit to all the days of the course (including the two additional placement days), can apply for a place.


GBP £150

Locations and Dates

Manchester England 0, United Kingdom


4 days

More Information

For more information please go to the following link: Kindling Trust