The global pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in our food supply chains. Demand for local produce has grown as we acknowledge the importance of shortening supply chains and increasing our food security. Climate change will continue to have a huge impact on the production and availability of food. It is essential that we explore options for strengthening the resilience and agility of our local food supply.
This workshop is for individuals and groups who want to make growing food and plants into a business. Growing food and plants on a small scale viably is extremely challenging but essential for building a sustainable future.
It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at – whether you’re starting with an idea or are already in the thick of it – every participant will leave with tangible next steps for your ‘growing business’.
The workshop combines the expertise from people who have made it work, people who have experience of incubating growing start-ups, and from yourself. Everyone makes the day, and as participants, you will be invited to contribute your own experiences and ideas. Bring your ideas or challenges if you want to get some input or feedback from the group.
Cordelia Rowlatt. Co-Founder Vallis Veg
Cordelia has years of experience of growing food on a small scale. She runs a small farm in Frome growing fruit and vegetables for sale, keeping a little livestock, managing woodlands and campsite. Cordelia’s businesses and lifestyle have thrived under Covid-19. She is interested in food sovereignty, food politics & sustainable farming, and she enjoys facilitating people to do what they love.
Cordelia will bring copies of her husband, Chris Smaje’s new book, Small Farm Future, which is a political discussion of why small farms are “the most likely way for humanity to see itself through the numerous crises we currently face both in the richer and poorer countries”.
Cordelia and Chris are also embarking on a new growing project that, if you are serious about growing food or plants, might be of interest!
Johannes Moeller. Co-Founder and M.D. Edventure Frome – A School for Community Enterprise.
Johannes will draw on his experience of supporting groups and individuals in setting up community initiatives, social enterprises and small businesses in Frome.
He is a qualified social enterprise advisor & coach and the initiator of “Edventure Start-Up”, a 10-week experiential course where teams start-up a real community enterprise designed to contribute to a strong community, grow meaningful livelihoods and build a sustainable, zero-carbon economy that works for all. Past Edventure Start-Ups include The Welsh Mill Hub, SHARE – A Library of Things, Community Fridge: Frome, Remakery: Frome, Frome Wardrobe Collective, MAKE: Shed Frome.
What to Bring
Please bring a pen & paper, a packed lunch.
- This event is funded for residents of the county of Somerset of all ages.
- There is a £5.00 booking fee. Please, #nomorenoshows.
- Our funding does not cover BANES, Bath and Bristol. For a full list of eligible towns/postcodes click here.
- Booking is essential.
- We will ask you to complete some paperwork and feedback forms.
For the time being, we have created only 12 tickets for each these w/shops. If they are fully booked, please join the waitlist. We are awaiting further information and will release more tickets (on a first-come, first-served basis) if possible.
Covid-19 Safety Policies and Procedures:
We are taking safety very seriously. As the situation evolves, so will our approach. At the current time…
Venue: We will be at Frome Town Hall with support from Frome Town Council. Risk assessments will be performed and strictly adhered to. . As the situation evolves, we may need to switch venue/move online.
Participant Responsibilities: We all have a critical role to play in keeping each other safe. We will email you an update before the course outlining what precautions we all need to take. For the time-being please be prepared to:
- bring your own face-covering and wear it throughout.
- use hand sanitiser each time you enter/exit the meeting room.
- keep 1+ metre physically distant from others at all times.
- stay home on the day if you have any symptoms (fever, tiredness, a new or continuous cough, loss of smell/taste).
- self-certify on arrival that you do not have symptoms, have not been diagnosed with or had direct contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
Cancellations: The booking fee is non-refundable. If you need to cancel and let us know at least 3 days prior to the event we will be happy to transfer your booking to another of our short courses.
Please support us by cancelling ASAP if you can no longer come. Edventure Short Courses are always fully booked and often waitlisted. If we end up with an empty seat in the room it impacts our ability to meet our funding requirements.
If you have any questions/feedback/concerns about any of our courses, please do let us know by email to [email protected] or by phone on 075480 14066.
Feedback from past Edventure Short Courses:
“…It was run brilliantly and really well attended. As always there was a great mix of people of all ages, backgrounds and reasons for being there. The courses are always well-run, really interesting and accessible. I’m always amazed by the quality and experience of the teachers. I’m doing three courses at the moment – all brilliant”.
“Just spent 2 days learning what they do, why they do it and how they are inspiring other communities to take up the challenge too. Such fantastic course design, people skills and imagination! Engaging young adults, helping inspire entrepreneurship, building community! What’s not to love?!”
“Really inspiring, reinforcing and positive. Great presentation with pace and focus and enough humour to entertain too. Still thinking about it all and will keep doing so for a long time. Thanks for a lovely and helpful course!”
“Really interesting and rewarding morning. Will be looking out for other courses and the Hub space is amazing”.
“A breath of fresh air. The facilitator was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and action orientated but with plenty of interest in the needs and expectations of the group. A very motivating and worthwhile few hours!”
“Loved it…gave me so much clarity on how to be more strategic! ”
“A truly supportive, inspiring & creative environment..!”
Johannes is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Edventure Frome – A School for Community Enterprise. He will draw on his experience of starting-up community initiatives in Frome designed to contribute to a strong community, grow meaningful livelihoods and build a sustainable, zero-carbon economy that works for all. These include Edventure, The Welsh Mill Hub, SHARE – A Library of Things, Community Fridge: Frome, Remakery: Frome, Frome Wardrobe Collective…Johannes is also a qualified social enterprise advisor and has worked with numerous groups and individuals on community-focused start-ups.