SEED2SEED Foundation Course

OUR NEW PROGRAMME will be published end of January. Our Seed2Seed Foundation Course will start first Saturday of April and it is going to be wonderful and life changing! 

2013 we did…. Seed2Seed – Foundation course in Urban Life&Food Growing:

A unique opportunity to learn about food growing from seed to seed and go on a practical journey from March to Nov one Saturday a Month. From Permaculture to Bioynamic…Biodiversity to Beauty…Seed saving to Preserving in very small or big growing spaces with passionate tutors in a thriving community at an amazing venue – on the roof of a supermarket! Do you want to learn how to grow food and live in the City with a balcony or a garden? Do you want to learn how to grow organically and create an environment for bees and butterflies with other like minded people? Do you want to go on an exciting year journey learning different methods to increase your yield (Permaculture, Biodynamic) while improving the space you live in …without costing the Earth?

Garden Flowers

We are so excited here at FOOD from the SKY to offer Seed2Seed: Foundation course in Urban Food Growing in for our third year running!

‘A great way to learn about the growing year-whatever your level of experience and whatever your available growing space. A wonderful overview of what you need to know and an opportunity to get a taster of different but complimentary growing ‘philosophies’. A lovely way to learn and to share with like minded people.’ ‘The way we learned through sharing and supporting each other.’ Wendy Rowan – Devine Chocolate

DATES : One Sat a month between March and Nov:

Course Outline and Tutors details:

    1. March 23rd – Soil, Sun and Water, Planning and Planting
    2. April 13th – Growing in small containers cont from March
    3. May 11th – Bees and other pollinators
    4. June 8th – Intro to Permaculture
    5. July 13th – Beauty&Art in Sustainability
    6. August 10th – Plan your winter growing space
    7. Sept 14th – Intro to Biodynamic in the City by Spencer Christy
    8. Oct 12th – Preserving and saving natural seeds
    9. Nov 9th – Plan your next year and Certificate celebration

TIME: 10:00 to 15:00

LOCATION: On the beautiful and pioneering roof top of Thornton’s Budgens, Crouch End, London N88DU.

FEES Fees include 9 sessions, course work, free organic seeds and access to a vibrant network of London food growers and seeders of change. Each course is limited to 15 people.

  • Full course: £450 for the full year (£50/day)

The course is a step by step journey through urban food growing and so students are encouraged to attend the full course . If this isn’t possible, a drop-in option is available:

  • Per module: £60/day
  • Capital Growth Co-ordinators: £360/year (must book for the whole year)
  • Concessions x 3 spaces: £270/year or £30 /day (unemployed/those earning under £20K)
Seed2Seed: A year foundation course in urban Life and Food growing @ FOOD from the SKY- TUTORS WEBSITES

1.        March 23rd – Soil, Sun and Water, Planning and Planting

2.       April 13th – Growing in small containers cont from March

3.       May 11th – Bees and other pollinators

4.       June 8th – Intro to Permaculture

5.       July 13th – Beauty&Art in Sustainability

6.       August 10th – Plan your winter growing space

7.       Sept 14th – Intro to Biodynamic in the City

8.       Oct 12th – Preserving and saving natural seeds

9.       Nov 9th – Plan your next year and Certificate celebration

SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED :

Are the classes aimed at total beginners? Or at people with some prior gardening knowledge?  – CLASSES ARE AIMED AT BEGINNERS AND PEOPLE WITH SOME KNOWLEDGE. THE MIXING OF BOTH WILL INCREASE THE RESSOURCES AVAILABLE FOR ALL AND ENRICH THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS.

Is the aim to enable the participants to create a garden in their own backyard, or is it more about working/growing things in the Food From The Sky garden? – IT IS TO ENABLE PEOPLE WITH VERY LITTLE SPACES, ROOFS, BALCONIES TO GROW LOTS OF FOOD WHERE THEY ARE. THE COURSE WILL PROVIDE HOME PROJECTS SO YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR OWN GROWING AREA WHILE DOING THE COURSE

Do you have to pay upfront, or once you’ve signed up can you pay per session? – PAYING UP FRONT WOULD BE HELPFUL. HOWEVER WE ARE AWARE THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE SO WE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO EXPLORE PAYMENT PLANS THAT MEETS YOUR NEEDS AND OURS.

Finally where do the sessions take place? – THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE ON THE ROOF OF BUDGENS. SOME SESSIONS WILL BE INDOORS AND MANY MORE OUTDOORS.

Child gardening

WHAT SOME OF LAST YEAR’S STUDENTS SAY ABOUT IT:

‘A lovely garden on the roof of a supermarket! That also runs a food growing course over the year to learn about how to grow food for yourself in whatever space you have . A lovely place, lovely people, inspiring activities. Highlights: All the different lovely people. The various teachers/visitors and the others in the group. Getting our hands into soil, being outside. The practical aspects that linked back to theory, in general across the sessions.’

Geraldine Gilbert, Network coordinator/Food team, Forum for the Future


‘An amazing project and group of people that care about the health of us and the planet and are actually doing something about it. The course gives you a broad understanding of how to take the first steps in growing organically regardless of the size of your growing space. It is underpinned by principles of permaculture which adds an extra dimension that makes it not only learning about growing food but also about how you want to live your life.

– Susie Gill, Personal Assistant for CEOs.


‘Inspiring, opening lots of new doors to different aspects of food growing; going at a natural pace through the growing year, great fun and opportunity to learn with lovely people, lots of practical learning for my own growing.’ ‘Being on the roof, in the middle of a city, yet close to the earth.’ ‘A journey of discovery. All you need to know to start growing your own food. Fabulous fun. Learnt so much and an introduction to many growing systems.’

– Angela Hockley, Editorial Manager


‘Inspiring , informative, fun, I learned a lot easily and with very supportive teachers’.

– Gillian Edwards


‘Fun, informative and an incredible diverse introduction to the world of Permaculture. I liked meeting other like minded people wanting to learn more about permaculture and working through the different elements of it together.’

– Ben Yeomans


‘The course SEED2SEED got me on a gardening and nature adventure. Each session revealed a new insight into soil, plants and our connection to it. It was a lot of fun nd just love being on the roof’!

– Julia Porter


‘Amazing! Educational, informative, inspiring, therapeutic. The quality of the teachers is great’.

– Sarah Tabak


‘Inspiring, thought provoking, educational, whole new world, lovely people, learning from the group. I loved every second f it, amazing!’

– Lou


‘A great way to learn about the growing year-whatever your level of experience and whatever your available growing space. A wonderful overview of what you need to know and an opportunity to get a taster of different but complimentary growing ‘philosophies’. A lovely way to learn and to share with like minded people.’ ‘The way we learned through sharing and supporting each other.’

– Wendy Rowan, Devine Chocolate