Other Growing Groups and Courses
Gardening course / workshops at Black Isle Brewery market garden, Allangrange
2023 WORKSHOP TIMETABLE AND INFORMATION
Vegetables for All Seasons – Join our Head Gardener Alexander who has over 20 years’ experience of Organic growing as he teaches you all you need to know to produce your own fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs. Learn how to plan your garden to suit your needs, how to care for your crops, right through to the best way to harvest and preserve your produce to provide yourself with the best quality food all year round, all while increasing local biodiversity.
Workshops are 10am – 2.30pm, meet in the lecture room, organic tea, coffee, cake provided, and a basket of fresh produce when available. Please bring weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch if required.
£350 for the whole course. In order to make our courses accessible to as many people as possible we are implementing a sliding scale pricing structure of £35, £45 and £55 for those who wish to pay for individual workshops. We are grateful to those who choose to pay the higher charge to help make this possible.
6 April Seed sowing and Compost making
4 May Pricking out, potting on and planting out
18 May Perfect tomatoes, indoor growing, companion planting
8 June Watering, weeding, pest control
6 July Harvesting, successional sowing, maintaining summer crops
10 August Second season - plan and sow for autumn/winter
7 September Harvest festival - storing and preserving your produce
9 November Laying the ground for next year - no-dig
(dates are all Thursdays)
In addition to the series Alexander is also running:
12 October – Introduction to Biodynamics, working with the rhythms of nature
This year we are also offering workshops by visiting master craftsmen and craftswomen to teach sustainable rural skills.
- 11-12 March Dry-stone dyking with Brian Wilson - £150
Details and booking
- 21 September Seed saving with Finley and Hayley of Seeds of Scotland £TBC
- 19-20 October TBC - Basket making with Tim Palmer - TBC
- 30 November Wreath making with JJ Gladwin - £45
Knocknagael Community Growing Project
We are a community not-for-profit organisation established to take over the "Smiddy Field" - one of the fields at the Scottish Government-owned Knocknagael Farm on Essich Road in the south of Inverness - by an Asset Transfer Request.
The aim of the Knocknagael Community Growing Project is to create, maintain and manage food growing activities, including allotments, for the benefit of the community.
Plans under consideration include a community garden, allotments, a community orchard, food growing areas, and outdoor walking paths. We are in discussions with potential stakeholders including Education and Mental Wellbeing organisations.
With new housing going up all around Inverness, our aim is to create a Green Hub to get more people growing and enjoying local produce, while benefitting from a rural oasis in an increasingly urban landscape. We recently submitted comments to the Highland Council's Inner Moray Firth Development Plan, which is currently under review.
Highland Wholefoods winter newsletter
Late Opening Thursdays & Sundays
We are extending our opening hours in December to make it even easier for you to stop by. We will be opening late on a Thursday, until 7pm and on a Sunday (10am - 4pm)
Festive Opening and Deliveries
Highland Wholefoods will be open right through to midday on Christmas Eve. We will be taking orders and sending goods out for delivery up until the 23rd December, but to be certain of delivery before Christmas please order before midday on Tuesday 20th.
Highland Wholefoods will be closed from midday on the 24th December until 9am on 4th January 2023.
Old Allangrange and Black Isle Brewery Market Garden
Allangrange garden design email@example.com
Also at Allangrange is the Black Isle Brewery's market garden, which supplies vegetables to the Brewery's bars in Inverness and Fort William and IV10 in Fortrose, and has been transformed to a more sustainable and regenerative model by redesigning the main garden using agroecological design and growing principles.
Brewery Head Gardener Alex Davies writes about the market garden
We grow our organic vegetables and fruit using agroecological, no-dig and permaculture methods to increase biodiversity and support local flora and fauna. A good example of this is how we use the spent grain from the brewery – as well as feeding it to our Hebridean sheep, we combine it with green waste from the garden and wood chippings from local tree surgeons to produce the compost in which we grow all our veg - this ‘closed loop’ system acts in a regenerative way, allowing us to give back more than we take from the land.
'Pocket Orchards' in Wester Ross
Former TBI director John Wood and friends have been planting fruit trees in public spaces around the wester Ross villages since 2018.
Pocket Orchards update 2022 - by John Wood
A ‘pocket orchard’ is a small group of community fruit trees which are accessible, where possible, to local residents with no, or minimum driving. The inspiration came from the community orchard in the garden of Cromarty Courthouse Museum, the wonderful gardens at Inverewe, and noticing some neglected apple trees in an overgrown corner of Poolewe.
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To find out more or get involved with the project, visit the group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pocketorchards
Or get in touch with them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Lear, Perthshire https://plantsandapples.com/
MOO Food Muir of Ord
Background October 2017
This was originally set up as Stirling Food Hub in 2016 by Forth Environment Link, who in January 2020 transferred the market to The Kitchen at 44, who now run it under the auspices of the national NeighbourFood network.
Transition Town Forres' Community Garden
- Saturday 4 February
- 13:00 Black Isle Repair Cafe North Kessock
- 17:30 Transition Town Forres - Imbolc fundraising event
- 18:30 Knocknagael Growing Group Ceilidh
- Monday 6 February
- 19:30 RCA Fergus McCreadie Trio at Resolis
- Wednesday 8 February
- 14:00 Black Isle Men's Shed AGM
- Thursday 9 February
- 10:00 Allangrange gardening workshop - Fruit tree pruning
- Saturday 11 February
- NA Cromarty Community Market
- Saturday 18 February
- 10:00 Culbokie Community Market
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