Venue: Valehead Farm, Compton Rd, Kinver, South Staffordshire DY7 5NY
Dates: 26th Feb, 19th March, 30th April, 21st May, 11 June & 9th July 2022
Garden Teacher: Charlie Cross – Gurnell
Cost & Booking – These courses are being offered free of charge; please note that in exchange, participants are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions and complete feedback sheets at the end of each session which will contribute to the ongoing research that began in 2018.
A simple, tasty, homemade biodynamic lunch will be served – Cost £5 per session / £30 for all 6 – to be paid at the time of booking. Places are strictly limited so we advise booking early! BOOK YOU PLACE HERE
Programme outline Full programme outline here (PDF)
Session 1 – Seed connects with Soil
Session 2 – Planning our garden
Session 3 – The Plant between the Sun and Earth
Session 4 – The Biodynamic Preparations
Session 5 – Tending the garden
Session 6 – The garden as an organism
About Charlie Cross – Gurnell: George Fredrick Watts experimental painting titled Sower of the Systems has been a constant inspiration and for me a Motif for the art of biodynamics. I have been working on the land now for 20 years in that time I have completed conventional training in horticulture, run my own gardening business worked in public gardens, pick you own, and horticultural therapy gardens with the Hayshed Project, Leonard Cheshire and the Camphill Community. In 2008 I undertook a two year biodynamic apprenticeship on a dairy farm at Botton Village Camphill Community. It changed my relationship to the land and deepened my awareness of the interconnectedness of all life and the sanctity of the living world. Shortly after completing my apprenticeship I became a father and went on to set up a horticultural therapy garden for the Hayshed Project. I returned to Botton in 2012 and had the privilege of working for Stormy Hall Seeds growing crops for seed production and processing seed. We moved to Stourbridge in 2015 and I have been volunteering at Ashfield Community garden in between support work and caring for my son. I am currently full time land worker and part of a dynamic team working at Valehead Biodynamic Farm for the Ruskin Mill Trust.
For more about Ruskin Mill Educational Trust click here
Directions to the venue: Valehead Farm, Compton Rd, Kinver, South Staffordshire DY7 5NY
The Farm is located on the Compton Road left down the farm track, after the Kniver Rock Houses and after the junction with Kingsford Lane and Rocky Wall Road. Travel down the narrow track and you will come to a residential house turn immediately right into the car park and then walk up to the farm buildings. See google map link here