SHORT COURSES
Derbyshire Smallholders pick a number of courses we think relevant to our members each year and, where possible, negotiate a discount for our members. To secure your place on any of the below courses simply click the book button available in each course information section and enter your details.  Unless otherwise stated the courses are independently run and therefore public liability insurance is the responsibility of the organisation running the course.  If you have any questions regarding this, or any detail relating to the course then contact the Short Course Co-ordinator whose details can be found in the ‘Contact Details’ section below.

COURSES 2019

Learn how to weave a simple framed basket in willow - 18th June - PLACES AVAILABLE

DATE: Tuesday 18th June 2019
TIME: 10am to 4pm (approx)
COURSE TRAINER:Sally Smith (http://www.sallyorganic.co.uk)
LOCATION: Brackenfield Village Hall, Church Lane, (The Green), Brackenfield, DE55 6AQ
COST: £35 for members and £40 for non-members (cost includes materials)
LUNCH: Tea and coffee is provided but bring your own packed lunch
PAYMENT: Payment in full is required no later than Friday, 24th May
CONTACT: Any questions contact Katy Newman (courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk)
DETAILS:

Sally will be teaching the techniques to create a lovely rustic basket in a day using willow joined by an attractive God’s eye weave.

A minimum of 8 attendees are required for the course to run. If the minimum number of people is not reached then attendees will be notified by 31st of May.

Register Here

 

Alpaca Husbandry - 20th July - PLACES AVAILABLE

DATE: Saturday 20th July 2019
TIME: 10am to 4pm (approx)
COURSE TRAINER:Sarah McRow (http://www.whistlingduckalpacas.co.uk)
LOCATION: Mount Pleasant Farm, Back Lane, Brackenfield, DE55 6AJ
COST: £45 for members and £50 for non-members
LUNCH: Tea and coffee is provided but bring your own packed lunch
PAYMENT: Payment in full is required no later than Monday 24th June
CONTACT: Any questions contact Katy Newman (courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk)
DETAILS:

The course is aimed at anyone interested in keeping alpacas or who just want to find out more about these fascinating animals.

  1. The course will cover all the basics of Alpaca Management including:
  2. Alpaca behaviour
  3. Feeding, diet and nutrition
  4. Assessing an alpaca (fleece and conformation)
  5. Birthing overview
  6. Herding, handling and haltering an alpaca
  7. Husbandry procedures (toenail trimming, injections, drenches)

The course will be hands on so attendees should come prepared for the elements.

A minimum of 5 attendees are required for the course to run. If the minimum number of people is not reached then attendees will be notified by 28th June.

Register Here

 

Introduction to permaculture (on an allotment) - 29th June

DATE: Saturday 29th June 2019
TIME: 09:30am to 5pm
COURSE TRAINER: Ryan Sandford-Blackburn
LOCATION: Alfreton, Derbyshire. Specific location to be announced shortly
COST: Pay as you feel
LUNCH: Includes teaching, lunch, handouts and a free plant
PAYMENT: Payment via PayPal (on the day or afterwards, ask Ryan for more details)
CONTACT: As this is an independent course contact Ryan directly with any questions here
DETAILS:

The course curriculum is based on the Permaculture Association’s introductory course materials and will cover the following topics:

  • Ethics and principles of permaculture
  • How to apply the principles in a garden and at home
  • Observe and assess a site
  • Applying a design process to a garden or project

Plus, there will be a site tour of an allotment plot designed with permaculture (including a forest garden) along with a series of short films. Lunch will be made from fresh, local produce.
MORE ABOUT THE TRAINER
Ryan is a certified Permaculture Designer with experience as a presenter and workshop leader with a train the trainer qualification. Ryan has also worked in a variety of different gardens over the past 10 years.

To book the course go to Ryan’s website and register.

 

Other courses
As well as providing access to the courses detailed above we also encourage members to join courses run by other organisations and we can subsidise members who want to book onto other relevant courses. If there is a course that you would like to do, other than those listed, please contact Katy Newman to discuss.

 

Contact Details

Katy Newman – Course Co-ordinator
courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk
Short Course Co-ordinator