We're Spreading Our Gardening Wings

Life on Pig Row has taken us on a journey that has encompassed learning new skills, a wartime garden and embracing new ways of growing. We've moved through growing a herb garden and shared foraging skills with you all. Now, we need to take what we have learnt out into the wider community. Up to now, we have been passionate speakers on the joys and skills that you learn in gardening, the ups and downs of growing vegetables, given talks and been part of conferences on digging, our food has even appeared in a few cookbooks and our thoughts in a couple of newspapers. We just want to spread the word, and if you're here now, you've enjoyed that word. Many of them have been four lettered, some even involving barked thumbs and trips to the Doctors for a tetanus shot. Now we are taking another step. We're becoming educators. Andrew has been appointed as the new Horticulture Lecturer at a local college. 

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We are going from a quarter acre site on a hillside on acidic soil to 70 acre site that is over run by balsam and on alkaline to teach others how to grow, design and maintain a garden. We're thinking market garden, we're thinking kitchen garden, we're thinking of growing produce to be eaten in the college by staff and students alike. We're thinking organic, we're thinking of a large orchard behind the old Tudor Hall. We're excited.

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We have some exciting plans for this little corner of the college which encompasses three acres, several glasshouses and two polytunnels. We want to train people to take idea back into their garden and into the work place. We wouldn't have ever done this without Pig Row, we wouldn't ever have got to the point where we had enough knowledge to teach others.

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There are dreams, there are realities in any garden and we hope you join us, online and physically, in the journey to come. Don't worry, Pig Row will continue, but this is just an extension of that into our new gardening ethos at Hopwood. You'll see that section appear soon here as we take you step by step through what we are doing to spread the word about gardening.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful adventure. All good wishes on your new job Andrew I am sure you will educate and inspire.

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  2. How wonderful! I can't wait to see what's in store!

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