A day of learning and sharing

We're delighted to offer day-long training courses in organic, no-dig food and flower growing at Sitopia Farm!

2024 Course Dates now available to book

Come and learn from Sitopia Farm founder Chloë Dunnett and experienced Head Grower Sarah Alun-Jones as we share our passion and knowledge about how to produce delicious food and beautiful flowers using organic, regenerative, no-dig farming methods.

The course takes place on our 2 acre farm in the London Borough of Greenwich, surrounded by ancient trees and thriving hedgerows. In a small group you'll learn together through the day and share a delicious, seasonal lunch made using produce from the farm.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is interested in learning more about organic, regenerative and no-dig growing whether on your balcony, garden, allotment or dreamed-of farm of your own one day. In the past this has included:

  • Those wanting to grow food or flowers at home
  • People considering a career switch into growing
  • Those looking to incorporate knowledge of growing into their current profession
  • Those who simply want to learn more about regenerative and organic farming

What will the course cover?

We'll cover:

  • No-dig methods for creating and maintaining food and flower beds
  • How to care for the soil and build fertility
  • How to decide what to grow 
  • Seed propagation, transplanting and direct sowing, tending to your plants, harvesting and flower conditioning
  • Crop rotation, composting and green manures
  • Tools and horticultural materials you need
  • Growing under cover in greenhouses/polytunnels

We spend the whole day outside on the farm, demonstrating a range of practical techniques in action. You'll have the opportunity to harvest different crops yourself to taste and take home.

We also tailor our course content depending on what participants would most like to learn, so there will be time dedicated to topics that you would find most useful.

When does the course take place?

The course is 1 day long and takes place at various times throughout the season, with limited spaces on each date as we like to keep the groups small so there is time for everyone to ask plenty of questions.

2024 Course Dates:

  • Friday 5th April **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Wednesday 1st May **FULLY BOOKED**
  • Wednesday 5th June
  • Saturday 22nd June (last spaces remaining)
  • Wednesday 3rd July
  • Friday 6th September
  • Saturday 7th September

How much does it cost?

£180

This includes:

  • a full day of tuition from 10am-3.30pm
  • a delicious seasonal lunch made using produce from the farm
  • a goody bag of vegetables and bouquet of flowers to take away

We offer free places on each course for those on low incomes – if you would like to apply for this please email hello@sitopiafarm.com. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minorities who are underrepresented in our industry.

What people say about our courses...

"Life changing! An amazing and inspiring day with great people. Chloe and Sarah are a wealth of knowledge while also making you feel like you can grow yourself. I learned so much! Lunch was beautiful. Would recommend it to anyone"

"Simply a magical introduction into no-dig veg and flower growing, come along and meet wonderful people and see what it is possible to grow with whatever space you have available"

"A truly inspirational day! The Sitopia crew delivered a fun and informative course covering a wide range of topics. Being set on the farm truly brought the learning to life"

"This is a fantastic day course, interesting and informative with lots of opportunities to look around the amazing place Chloe and the team have created. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in growing."

"Chloe and Sarah are such knowledgeable and passionate teachers. The length was perfect, the lunch was gorgeous, and I came away with exactly what I had hoped to learn, and more. The bouquet cutting was such a treat, as was the veg bag. One of the most perfect days I can remember!"

"Absolutely loved this course, I’ve learnt so much and can’t wait to apply it at home!"