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A weekend of networking, farm visits, learning and entertainment for land workers in the North of England. Please email us if you hope to come so we can prepare/cater for the numbers – Veg@mvuf.org.uk
This is the first get together (hopefully of many!)… you do not need to be a member of the Land Workers Alliance (LWA) to attend. We are hoping to start a social network amongst land workers in the north of england that can enable solidarity, support and friendship. The organisers are members of the LWA and want to meet with others that care about Agroecology, sustainable forestry/fibre and food sovereignty. We are already scheming for a follow up event in Manchester this summer. We hope to meet you soon!
The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers. Our mission is to improve the livelihoods of our members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone. (https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/our-vision/)
Event Details (Draft – details may change as still in development)
Saturday daytime – 09.30 – 16.30
Horticulture focused training with Niels Corfield – Understanding Soil Health in Horticulture. Booking for this workshop is essential and independent of the Northern get together – tickets are available on Eventbrite –
Saturday evening feast – 18.00 – 20.00
A feast made from local/participant grown produce prepared by The Barn Cafe. Please let us know if you want a place at the table, any dietary requirements and if you can contribute any food.
Saturday night entertainment and casual networking – 20.00-
Entertainment at the farm – Film showing, Story telling, acoustic folk band, (DIY music – bring your instruments), bonfire.
There are beds and breakfast available in local housing co-ops or floor space in a heated room at the farm. You must let us know in advance – Veg@mvuf.org.uk
Mapping Land Workers in the North and meeting our neighbours and other people in our sector (Horticulture, Livestock, Fibre, Forestry)
What is relevant to us with a presentation about the Land Workers Alliance, our current campaigns, work & opportunities and an Open Space discussion around How we can best support each other as Landworkers working in an agroecological system.
Lunch at Meanwood Farm – 13.00
A feast made from local/participant grown produce prepared by volunteers. Please let us know if you want a place at the table, any dietary requirements and if you can contribute any food.
Optional Walk around Meanwood Valley Urban Farm – 13.30
Tour of market garden / start-up CSA- sited within a 24 acre mixed urban farm.
14.00 – 16.30
Swillington Organic Farm – 500 acre Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Walled Market Garden and extensive organic livestock farm on the edge of Leeds. https://swillingtonorganicfarm.co.uk/
We have a farm minibus that can take 8 people, we will also need some people to drive their own car please let us know if you can help with this.
Two optional tours at Swillington
Tour of market garden
Tour for livestock farm
Meet back at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm for closing and departure.
We estimate the cost of hosting this will work out around £15-20/pp Horticulture training on Saturday is a separate ticket booked through Eventbrite). £15-20 is the suggested donation however you will not be turned away if this unaffordable for you. There is also a small budget for travel if getting to the venue is prohibitive please get in-touch. Please bring cash on the day or contact us if you want to make a bank transfer. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07542437755
We hope to see you there. Please let us know if you hope to come so we can prepare for the numbers Veg@mvuf.org.uk