Latest Courses

Come and meet Tom in person for one of our new one day workshops in Tom’s own organically certified veg garden on 9th April, 23rd April and 14th May

Learn how to grow your own organic produce with gardening authority Tom Petherick, former Head Gardener of The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall – get all the best growing tips and hands on know-how.

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Set in the beautiful South Hams of Devon, the garden at Cholwell Farm has been established for 10 years and is the perfect location to learn organic vegetable growing, and much more.

Tom will share all his easy to follow methods and take you through the key stages of successful organic gardening beginning with the care of the soil, rotations and how to make the best compost for gardens large or small. These days are perfect for the seasoned gardener or the beginner.

Moving on through propagation, plant raising and garden layout all the way to planting out and crop care, the day will cover precisely what you need to know about how to grow a very wide variety of  vegetable and salad crops, all of which Tom grows in his own garden.

Polytunnel and glasshouse culture are also covered along with gardening in small spaces and the use of pots and containers to maximize yields.

The cost of each day is on a special introductory offer of £55 per person reduced from £75.00. This will  include a sumptuous home grown organic lunch in The Summerhouse.

To book your place on any one of these days email: tom.peth@gmail.com

Maximum places 12. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Come and Learn about the benefits of using both wild indiginous plants and cultivated Plants

 FORAGE…..  AND…….GROW…….
Join Brigit Anna McNeill and Tom Petherick for one of a series of day explorations into wild and cultivated foods.  Discover food and medicine from the hedgerows, fields and gardens of Cholwell Farm, Devon.
19 March, 30 April, 11 June, 10 September
  • learn to forage for seasonal wild food
  • Find the medicinal value of cultivated and wild  plants
  • Discover how to support and nourish your system  using plants
  • Understand how wild plants support the cultivation of garden crops
  • Top tips for growing herbs, salads and vegetables
  • Leave with step by step recipes and foraging and planting lists

Brigit Anna McNeil is a professional forager specialising in wild medicine and herbalism, and the understanding that our food is our medicine.  Her teaching approach is not so much to point and talk, rather get up close and personal.. Indeed her belief is that a good days foraging fills the belly and brightens the soul. http://www,brigitannamcneill.com

Each day will comprise foraging, talks and demonstrations showing how to get the best out of a walk in the country, a patch of garden and the combination of both for a healthy, tasty and nutritious diet.

Cost: Introductory Special Offer of £55  per person per day (reduced from £75.00) to include a sumptuous organic lunch and a full handout of the day’s events.

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