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TRAINING & COuRSES
For New Farmers & GrowERS

You might need to take some accredited training or a course to help you to reach your goals.
This list isn't exhaustive, so get in touch HERE and we'll do our best to help.

Ruralink works with the military community and the land-based sector to develop accessible pathways to a new career on the land. They also provide training and career coaching.

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FarmED is a non-profit organisation based just over the border of Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds. It aims to be at the heart of local, regional and global agroecological transition.

They provide learning spaces, courses and events that inspire, educate and connect people to build sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet.

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It is recognised that there is little transparency around agroecological training and career pathways, and that new entrants face many barriers to starting a career in agroecology in the UK.

To help alleviate some of these barriers, the Landworkers' Alliance has designed three interactive industry pathways to guide you into a career in agroecology via the Horticulture, Arable or Livestock and Dairy industries. The aim of these pathways is to display the diversity of routes into a wide range of land based careers.

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Hartpury University and Hartpury College offer specialist education in agriculture, animal, equine and veterinary nursing. Whether it's vocational or business skills you need, Hartpury should be able to cater.

Located in Gloucestershire, their 360-hectare campus us home to over 4,000 university and college-level students student AS-levels, diplomas and PHDS.

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The Royal Agricultural University based in Cirencester has four separate schools hosting undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation courses in agriculture, business, equine and real estate & land management.

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Are you in the process of attaining the growing skills needed to run a community supported agriculture enterprise? This ONLINE course  run by Cae Tân could be for you. 

Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester take one or two growing apprentices each year, usually in the spring and they stay with them for three seasons (2.5 years). They also welcome one or two trainees from March end to November each year. 

 

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If you're able to get to the Lea Valley, East of London, Organic Lea run a number of training courses. They have a Farmstart database for growers that are starting out, so it might be worth enquiring about that if you can travel.

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Based in Totnes, The Apricot Centre is offering a brand new year long ACCREDITED Level 3 Traineeship with land based learning. Running from January 2023 for 5 days a week (4 days on a placement farm and 1 day in training).  Application deadline November 14th 2022. 

As well, a brand new, year long, Level 4 Training for 2023 to follow on from the Level 3 training and traineeship. Running from February for 1 day per week training, 36 days contact time in total. Applications open now.

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The Field Centre in Nailsworth, Stroud acts as a hub for research into Ruskin Mill Trust’s educational method, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education. It also runs practical training courses such as the Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Ecology.

 

Students work on the 40 acre biodynamic farm  and in the market garden to produce vegetables and crops to be used in the canteens, cafes, farm shop and households, and to feed the animals. Click on the logo below to find out more.

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The Biodynamic Agricultural College provides education and training in biodynamic, organic and sustainable agriculture to students all over the world. You can come to the training or the training can come to you.

 

Click on the logo below for their website and view a video by clicking here.

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This  network of farmers, land managers and conservation organisations are committed to promoting the benefits of grazing with the natural environment and our cultural heritage in mind.

By clicking the logo below you'll find a link to LANTRA accredited training course that they host.

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Black Mountains College is a brand new college in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, to create a future where nature and humans thrive.

Click on the logo below to find about their courses, events, NVQ and their brand new BA Hons in Art, Ecology and System Change.

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Find the Landworkers’ Alliance Forum by clicking on the logo below. This is an online space for members to share knowledge of training courses from around the UK. As well, if you look at their wider forum opportunities, events and experiences as well as to advertise equipment and other items for sale and to network with other members. 

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Schumacher College is a progressive college for ecological studies offering postgraduate and

undergraduate programmes, research degreesshort courses and a horticulture residency.

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If you're a budding organic grower, it is worth keeping an eye on The Kindling Trust's courses. Whilst they are based in Stockport, they offer 1/2 day training sessions from tool maintenance to a 4-day Commercial Growers Course in the Spring and Autumn. 

They also offer a FarmStart programme for those wanting to build up their skills and experiment with organic commercial-scale growing, but it would require you to be in Stockport for 2 days per week. Click on the logo below for more.

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