Login or Sign-up

Login & Sign-up

Forgotten your password? Retrieve it here
Or connect via Facebook
Connect with facebook
Join River Cottage
Shopping basket: 0 items £0.00

Get Growing

Get Growing
will.jpg herbs.jpg pumpkins.jpg

Product Details

At River Cottage, we don’t think it is overstating it to say that growing and eating your own fruit and vegetables will change your life! 
Head gardener, Will Livingstone, will teach you a comprehensive range of skills and techniques that will help you get the most out of your growing space, whether that is a balcony, court yard or acres of beautiful gardens. Whether you are an urban gardener yearning for more outdoor possibilities, or an experienced gardener wishing to fully utilise the garden you have, this course will leave you brimming with inspirational and practical knowledge.

The famous kitchen garden has always been central to life here at Park Farm. It supplies our kitchens with tasty fresh produce while reminding us of food’s seasonal journey from plot to plate. With his extensive gardening knowledge and impressive professional background, Will will teach you how to get growing delicious seasonal and organic vegetables.

The group size is deliberately kept small to enable us to tailor the day to ensure you get the most from your course.

Course details

Arrive: Tractor ride down to the farm where you will catch your first glimpse of the famous farm house where the day is based.
Welcome: Meet Will in the farmhouse whilst enjoying a morning tea or coffee and a tasty River Cottage treat. 

Session One:  
You'll start off by finding out which areas you most want to learn about during the day and will ensure that these topics are thoroughly covered. Next, you'll be shown why you should grow your own, by explaining the amazing variety, value and flavours available from organically home grown seasonal vegetables.

Session Two: 
Walk out of the farmhouse and into the kitchen garden. Find out how to get the best from your growing space, understand crop rotation, discover how to make the perfect compost and how to make your soil work for you. 
Chef demonstration: Be inspired by a cookery demonstration in the famous farmhouse kitchen by one of our chefs who will incorporate seasonal vegetables from the kitchen garden. This is the time to get all of your veg and seasonal glut related questions answered.
Lunch: You’ll sit down to a delicious three course lunch made by our expert team of River Cottage chefs.

Session Three: 
A guided tour of our poly tunnels.  You’ll see what is growing at the time and learn the practical benefits of protected growing under cover. You'll learn the fundamentals of propagation so you can raise all of your plants from seed or cuttings.
Session Four: Learn how to deal with the most common kitchen garden pests and diseases organically. Know your enemy!
The day draws to a close with a Q&A session and a recap of the day’s sessions.

By the end of the day you will travel back up the farm track with all the confidence you need to get growing your own and get the most out of your own garden.

This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on the season, the weather and it will be led by everyone’s interests.


Location: This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

Wine/drink: We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Accommodation: If you need local accommodation please click here.

Age: We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

10.00am - 5.00pm

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the school you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.



Want to keep in touch? Sign up to our newsletter... 


Get Growing

Price From : £125.00

0 reviews


Add to My Wish List

If you like this you might like...