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NCC Participants Join ‘Learn to Grow’ Horticulture Programme

August 6, 2018

Norfolk Community College’s DPS project launched its horticulture training programme today, in partnership with Eves Hill VEGCO’s “Learn to Grow” programme.

The community market garden is based remotely, primarily in Reepham, North of Norwich. The training offers hands-on practical courses in horticulture, that are free to all participants (who have been unemployed for 12 months or longer).

‘Growers’ gain real-life experience in the industry; growing organic fruit and vegetables which are sold to local people and restaurants.

The training will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in line with the following times;

Monday

  • Morning ‘Drop in’ session is practical, informal and social, but places are limited: Growers arrive at 9:30. Working in garden from 10am -12:30pm (including tea break).
  • Afternoon ‘Learners’ session will be practical, but offer more structured tuition and the opportunity for Growers to receive an AQA accreditation: growers arrive at 1:30. Working in garden from 2 – 4:30pm (including tea break).

  Wednesday

  • A hands on practical day, people will be supported to work alongside our regular volunteers and trainees to contribute and develop the garden. Growers arrive at 9:30. Working in garden from 10am -12:30pm (including tea break) LUNCH: 12.30 – 1.30. Tea, Coffee & biscuits are provided, Please bring your own pack lunch. Work continues in garden from 1.30 – 4:30pm.

Friday

  • ‘Learners’ day – will be practical, but offer more structured tuition and the opportunity for Growers to receive an AQA accreditation in organic gardening: growers arrive at 9:30. Working in garden from 10am -12:30pm (including tea break) LUNCH: 12.30 – 1.30. Tea, Coffee & biscuits are provided, Please bring your own pack lunch. Work continues in garden from 1.30 – 4:30pm.

The training aims to help those seeking work or volunteering, and welcomes all walks of life – including parents, students, and those who are retired. It is also highly beneficial to those who suffer with mental health issues, as gardening and horticulture have been deemed as successful coping mechanisms.

All participants of the Eves Hill project “share the belief that food growing is a wonderful way to develop skills, build confidence and bring people together. Its principal ambition is to create a supportive environment that promotes health and well-being in a farm setting.”

There are still places available on the course – so if you’d like to be a part of our project and take interest in horticulture, then please join us. 

Training is free for all Norfolk Community College participants and is fully funded by The Big Lottery and The European Social Fund. All travel costs or external expenses can be provided.

If you require further information and dates, please read our what’s on page or contact our Dynamic Monitoring Officer, Tayler Haynes, on tayler.haynes@norfolkcommunitycollege.co.uk and she will be happy to answer your questions. It’s not too late to sign up!

Please note: participants must be over 25 and have been out of employment for at least 12 months.

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