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Courses at Denmark Farm near Lampeter

Spring 2010 at Shared Earth Trust

In early 2010 Shared Earth Trust are piloting a varied programme of practical skills and leisure interest workshops, including Permaculture, pv panel installation, hedgerow basket making and rag rug textile recycling skills.  See details by clicking the 'read more' button.

DIY Solar Panel Installation                           Fri 5th February with optional 2 day practical, time tbc

Cost: tbc                                                                                                                    Facilitator: Navitron

Research by Britain’s largest supplier of solar water heating equipment has produced something truly amazing – a professional domestic solar water heating system which can be installed by the average DIYer. The 1 day theory course is for those who would like to be led through the whole process and be able to ask questions about their own situation. Additionally, a lucky 6 DIYers can accompany installers on a 2 day installation programme at the Shared Earth Trust (date tbc in late February or early March). For this latter opportunity, we are particularly looking for those who want to pass on their experience to others who are interested in installing their own systems. More information on application.

Hedgerow Basket Making                                                       Sat 6th & Sun 7th February, 10am – 5pm

Cost: £54 per person                                                                                 Facilitator: Melissa Holloway

See Hedgerow Basket Making Course 5th March for full description and what to bring.

On the second day, we’ll make a Celtic frame basket – a different design of basket using ribs instead of stakes; or you can make another round basket.

An Introduction to Permaculture Design                               Sat 13th & Sun 14th February, time tbc

Cost: £50 per person (in partnership with Aberystwyth University)        Facilitator: Angie Polkey

This course introduces you to permaculture design and how to create sustainable places and lifestyles by applying the principles of natural systems. It includes the opportunity to produce a permaculture design of your own and is also ideal for those in the Transition movement, with Permaculture defined as "a set of principles and practices for the post-oil world where individuals and communities can learn to live well while we ride the downside of the energy availability curve.” (Tim Winton, The Permaforest Trust)

Creative Textile Recycling – Rag Rugs                                          Sat 27th February, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £30 per person                                                                                Facilitator: Hannah Cutler

Learn the simple but effective technique of rag rug making and make a seat pad or cushion cover to take away. The ‘prodding technique’ will be demonstrated and you can perfect your skills by creating a design of your choice. Rag rug books and example pieces will be available for inspiration.

Participants need to bring: packed lunch, sharp scissors, any ideas for a design (standard cushion pad size) and, if you have any, worn out clothes or materials in colours you particularly like. There will be a selection of materials for all participants to use. NB. The Hessian sacks used as backing material have previously been used to store peanuts – please let us know if you suffer from a nut allergy.

Hedgerow Basket Making

Fri 5th March, 10am – 5pm

Cost: £30 per person                                                                                 Facilitator: Melissa Holloway

Too many brambles in your garden? Pruning the dogwood and apples? Come and learn how to make a hedgerow basket using materials from your garden. We will make a traditional round ‘shopper’ (with handle if enough time) using willow as a foundation and including as much hedgerow material as takes your fancy.

Participants need to bring: sharp secateurs, gloves, packed lunch, and any long thin prunings – ideally no more than 5-7 cm in diameter. The list includes: dogwood, brambles, ivy, clematis, honeysuckle, hazel, climbing rose, bay, apple, willow, privet, silver birch, alder, holly, snowberry, cotoneaster and anything else that looks long and flexible. Ideally harvest materials and leave to ‘weather’ in a shady spot in the garden for a garden for a couple of weeks. Come and make something beautiful and functional.

‘Sowing the Seeds’ – Grains & Spring Food Preparation               Tues 13th April, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £30 per person

Learn how to cook with grains and discover their high food value. Gain inspirational ideas for packed lunches and soup. A hands-on demonstration of easy sour dough bread making plus take home your own ‘Mother culture’. Sit down for a delicious shared meal prepared together. Learn about seasonal atunement and how to find more balance. Focussing on spring and the liver and gall-bladder.

Participants need to bring: an overall or apron (food for the shared lunch will be provided and is included in the price).

‘Roots and Shoots’ - Spring Medicinal Herbs                                    Tues 27th April, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £30 per person                                                                                    Facilitator: Kate Butler

A day incorporating a practical component and focussing on spring plants available within the Denmark Farm site. Depending on what we found on the day (e.g. comfrey, chickweed, dandelion, and various roots) there will be a chance for you to make a simple preparation to take away and to discuss and learn about the medicinal uses of these and other plants.

Participants need to bring: packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing.

Encouraging Community Participation in Sustainable Projects                              April – date tbc

Cost: tbc                                                                                                                        Facilitator: PLANED

Are you a volunteer or staff member working with communities? This one day course looks at participation tools and presents a unique ‘sustainability toolkit’ to engage communities in identifying and developing sustainable projects. Developed and delivered by PLANED (Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise & Development) with a range of partners, the toolkit has been extensively tested and used in communities across Wales. More information on application.

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