Food Growers in the Forth Valley are being invited to apply for Garden Organiser training.
Applications are now open to Forth Valley groups and organisations to apply for a limited number of fully funded training places on the course that aims to increase the amount of Community Food Growing in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. The course will be delivered 6 – 10 March, 2023 and the deadline for applications is midnight 10 February.
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The intensive course is being delivered by Social Farms and Gardens, and facilitated locally by Falkirk Council in partnership with three local Food Partnerships; Falkirk Food Futures, Stirling Food Partnership and Clacks Good Food.
The unique programme, specifically tailored to the Forth Valley, aims to increase capacity for food growing by communities in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, and Stirling Local Authority areas. The course, called Gardeniser, will deliver the skills and knowledge needed for participants to engage their local communities, develop and run community growing spaces from scratch.
Growers in already established community Gardens are also welcome to apply and can expect to upskill in community engagement, and find new ways to maximise the community benefit of their plot. The course will also include a section called ‘Growing up’ which will introduce ways to increase the amount of food grown by communities for communities, as well as deliver key horticulture skills including polytunnels for year-round growing.
Past Gardeniser courses in Scotland have had the added benefit of building networks of growers in a region. After meeting on the course, growers are continuing to connect with each other to plan what is grown where, collaborate and share their knowledge.
Gardeniser is an EU project led by the Social Farms & Gardens, funded by Scottish Government, and is accredited by the British Accreditation Council.