Seed to Plate

Seed to Plate

Five Day Cookery Course with optional accommodation

at The Organic Farm Shop, Abbey Home Farm, Cirencester.

Dates for 2019

11th-15th March
12th-16th August

Seed to Plate is a five day vegetarian cookery course with daily gardening sessions at Abbey Home Farm, a beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds. This cookery course only uses organic ingredients from the farm’s 10 acre vegetable garden and creamery – it’s truly seed to plate.

Learn how to prepare delicious seasonal vegetarian and vegan meals inspired by the garden where over 80 varieties of vegetables are grown. We’ll also explore preservation, fermentation and sourdough bread baking – the cookery course is geared for those who want to fully embrace the seed to plate philosophy.

Gardening Sessions

Each day will include a hands on practical session in the farm’s organic certified vegetable garden. We’ll work alongside the farm’s gardeners to learn a variety of different garden skills, including: • Seed sowing • Transplanting young seedlings • Weeding • Protecting crops • Composting • Harvesting The gardening sessions are optional but they provide a true connection with the food we’ll be preparing.

A taste of the course

Here are a few of the dishes you’ll make, and the skills you’ll learn:

  • Seasonal soups and salads including dressings, garnishes and homemade stock
  • Seasonal vegetables paired with world flavours to create delicious meat free meals
  • Natural sweet treats – delicious and healthy recipes for a sweet tooth.
  • Basics of sprouting – learn how to grow and use the produce
  • Fermentation including lacto fermented sauerkraut, vegetables and yoghurt 

  • Food preserving – from chutneys and jams to infused oils, vinegars and syrups
  • Bread making – including basic bread, sourdough and flatbreads 

  • Learn knife skills, a variety of cooking methods and vegetable preparation techniques.
  • Cupboard essentials for the natural kitchen
  • Cupboard essentials for the natural kitchen
  • Foundation in cooking a variety of grains, beans and pulses
  • Complete pack of all recipes cooked during the cookery course
Grains beans and pulses

Price

Staying on the Farm
Stay in your 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.

Details

The food will be mainly plant based including some dairy and eggs from the farm. Vegan and gluten-free options are available; please let us know when you book. Tea, coffee, herbal tea and homemade cordials will be available throughout the weekend. Alcohol will be available to buy in the evenings.

A Sample Day

Meet and discuss the menu and the day ahead
Practical session – either cooking or gardening

Coffee Break
Cooking session
Lunch

Cooking session (maybe a bit of gardening, depending on the morning)
 Supper – it can be enjoyed in the communal space or brought back to your accommodation and eaten at your leisure, if you’re staying on the farm.

Each day will include a hands on gardening session, so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

We will be in the garden for about 90 minutes either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the weather and what else is planned for the day. The gardening sessions are optional but provide a true connection with the food we’ll be preparing.

The food is 100% organic and the menu will mainly be plant based, but will include some eggs and dairy from the farm. Vegan and gluten free options are available, but please let us know when you book.

The evenings are kept free for you to relax at your accommodation (on or off the farm), or enjoy the local sites and sounds of Cirencester. 

Accommodation

Abbey Home Farm is an award winning 1600 acre mixed organic farm on the edge of Cirencester. Guests who opt to stay on site for this course stay in The Orchard – a lovely new building nestled into the side of the woods and overlooks the vegetable garden and beyond.

The building is made from wood from the farm,  and all rooms open onto a wide south-facing veranda, are ensuite and have underfloor heating. The linen in the bedrooms are made from organic cotton which has been hand block printed in the farm’s own tiny workshop in Rajasthan.

There’s a large communal space for eating, chatting and relaxing at the farm, as well as an outdoor space where you can make an outdoor fire on cooler nights. The communal room comes with 
tea, coffee and fruit on tap. It’s just a couple of minutes from the teaching kitchen, and sits in the middle of the 12 acre vegetable garden.

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