Grow yourself healthy with sustainable superfoods

Short Day Course
(Level: Beginner)
10am – 3pm
Course Dates: Saturday 5 October 2024

Price per person: £95 

(Max 8 people)

How to grow your own superfoods and understand the nutritional benefits of home-grown food.

This one-day course is aimed at people who are very new to gardening, want to start growing some of their own food, but don’t know where to start.

It’s also for those who want to learn more about the health benefits home-grown food provides, including information on macro and micronutrients such as fibre, vitamins and minerals.

It is taught by Charlotte Parton, a horticulturalist, garden designer and nutritional therapist, who has a post-grad in Sustainable Food & Natural Resources and 15 years experience creating beautiful and productive gardens.

It takes place in The English Potager Garden which is where the freshest salads, fruit and vegetables thrive surrounded by herbs and flowers at the heart of The Sustainable Garden, our peaceful seven-acre smallholding in South Devon.

The course covers the basics of how to:

  • Understand which macro and micronutrients help optimise a healthy diet.
  • Choose some healthy fruit, veg and herbs to grow at home.
  • Pick from suppliers of organic or heritage varieties which offer the most nutrients.
  • Sow your own seeds, ‘pot-on’ and plant up a few of your own little pots of healthy food.
  • Make your garden more wildlife-friendly and biodiverse to attract pollinators & beneficial insects.
  • Learn the importance of choosing peat-free compost, rainwater harvesting and other ways to be more sustainable.

We show you how you can bring all these together to grow some food that will benefit your health, as well as the health of the planet, even if it’s only in a few pots or a single raised bed!

We start the day by discussing the important role of ecological biodiversity in any sustainable garden and by taking a nature-appreciation walk around our land looking at the pond, wildflower meadows, native hedgerows, orchards of fruit trees and potager garden where we grow our own salads, veg and herbs, free from chemical pesticides and fertilisers.

You’ll learn about the detrimental effects of chemicals, including which fruit and vegetables are classed as the ‘dirty dozen” by the Pesticide Action Network. We’ll also discuss how ‘food-miles’ and plastic packaging affect the nutrients present in food and some of the other downsides of industrialised agriculture including monocultures and ‘lot’ farming.

You’ll then learn which fruit, veg and herbs have the most vitamins, minerals, fibre and other health-giving properties and how eating more of these super-foods can optimise your health, as well as choosing some easy ones to grow at home.

We show you some practical skills too, such as how to get going growing your own using sustainable methods. We’ll provide you with a few seeds and show you how to sow them, as well as methods such as “pricking on” seedlings into bigger containers. We’ll discuss optimum times to plant out into large pots, raised beds or the garden, after the risk of frosts have gone.

During the day you’ll be treated to refreshments that include super healthy foods grown in our own potager.

As well as being inspired to grow some of your own superfoods we hope you will find your day with us provides both a feast for the eyes and food for the soul.

Includes course notes, seeds, soil-filled coir pots and refreshments sourced from our land and potager garden

Book your place online, or for more information email [email protected] or call 07951 946489.