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Seed to Plate

With Cooking Tutor Erin Baker

August 12th-16th 2019 - this course has been postponed.

See the long weekend course instead if you would like to do a vegetarian/vegan cookery residential here.

If you are interested in coming on the next seed to plate course do get in touch.

A Five Day Vegetarian Cookery Course with daily gardening sessions at Abbey Home Farm, a beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds, using 100% organic ingredients from the 10 acre vegetable garden and the farm creamery.

Learn how to prepare delicious seasonal vegetarian meals inspired by the vegetable garden where we grow over 80 varieties of veg. We will also explore preservation, fermentation and sourdough bread baking. This course is geared for those who want to fully embrace the seed to plate philosophy.

Each day will include hands on practical session in the farms certified organic vegetable garden. We will work along side the gardeners learning a variety of different garden based skills such as: 
• seed sowing
• transplanting young seedlings• weeding
• protecting crops
• composting
• harvesting. 
The gardening sessions are optional, but provide a true connection with the food we are preparing.


With shared accommodation on the farm PER PERSON

With single accommodation on the farm

Without accommodation


¥ Seasonal soups, salads including dressing, garnishes and homemade stock 

¥ World flavours meet seasonal veg for delicious meat free meals 
Sweet and natural - delicious and healthy recipes for a sweet tooth. 

¥ Basics of sprouting - learn how to grow and use. 

¥ Fermentation including lacto fermented sauerkraut, vegetables and yoghurt 

¥ Food preserving including chutneys, jams, infused oils, vinegars and syrups 

¥ Bread making - including basic bread, sourdough and flatbreads 

¥ Knife skills, a variety of cooking methods and vegetable preparation techniques. 

¥ Cupboard essentials for the natural kitchen 

¥ Foundation in cooking a variety of grains, beans and pulses 

¥ Complete pack of all recipes cooked over the course

Accommodation is available if you wish to stay on the farm.
 Evenings are free to enjoy on the farm or explore nearby attractions.
Each day will include hands on practical gardening sessions. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We will be in the garden for about 90 minutes either in the morning or afternoon depending on weather and what else is planned for the day. These sessions are optional if you would rather not participate.

The food will be mainly plant based including some dairy and eggs from the farm. Vegan and gluten free options are available, please notify when booking. Food is 100% organic.
Evenings are free for you to enjoy relaxing at your accommodation (on or off the farm) or enjoying the local sites and town of Cirencester.
Abbey Home Farm is an award winning 1600 acre mixed organic farm on the edge of Cirencester. Guests who opt to stay onsite for this course stay in The Orchard, a lovely new building made from wood from the farm, nestled into the side of the woods overlooking the vegetable garden and beyond. All rooms open up onto a wide south-facing veranda and are ensuite with underfloor heating. Organic cotton bed linen is provided which is hand block printed in the farm's own tiny workshop in Rajasthan. There is a large communal space for eating, chatting and relaxing and the opportunity to make yourselves an outdoor fire for finer nights.


Staying on the Farm

Own ensuite bedroom in The Orchard.

Single Occupancy £925 to include breakfast.
Shared Occupancy £875 to include breakfast

Staying OFF the farm
£795 to include all meals cooked during the course.

The Orchard has a large comfy communal room for residents, with
tea/coffee and fruit etc on tap. It is just a couple of minutes from the teaching kitchen walking, and sits in the middle of the 12 acre vegetable garden.

About our tutor

Erin is a professional vegetarian chef and cookery teacher. Her awareness of cooking beginning before she could walk, banging pots and pans instead of toys while watching her Mum cooking in the kitchen. She is also a gardener and brings to the table a deep rooted belief in cooking from seed to plate. Erin is the founder of The Natural Cookery School, part of the team at Demuths Cookery School in Bath and regularly delivers courses at The Organic Farm Shop. She is also an avid vegetable growing with training in French Intensive Gardening and Organic Food Production. She was the project manager and responsible for the creation of Priors Park Community Allotment in Tewkesbury. The allotment has now been handed over to the community and is thriving, it has just won it’s 3rd gold from Britain in Bloom.

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