Farmer Incubator’s famous Pop Up Garlic Farmer Program 2020 is now ready to set off on another adventure to grow more garlic, get to know other aspiring farmers and go weeding! Tickets are live NOW and selling.
If you can’t commit to the full year but still want to get involved, you have the option of coming along to four workshops that run within the program at the end of the year.
To book your tickets and secure your preferred site, please visit our ticketing page.
The 9 month program includes the following:
– 8 x workshops & farm tours and all learning materials. Day and half-day workshops are delivered by subject specialists & include Soils & Agronomy, Planting & Cultivating, Pest & Disease Management, Land Access and Farming Models, Marketing & Harvest
– your garlic seed to plant (approx 500 seeds)
– land use & access for 10 months
– water and irrigation equipment
– mulch & compost inputs at the outset of the program
– a copy of Penny Woodward’s ‘Garlic’ book (also known as the Garlic Bible!)
– Crop Enterprise Budgeting planner
– access to tools
– on site insurance incase of any accidents
– 4 x lunches provided, and tea/coffee available at every workshop
– new friendships/community connections/business partnership opportunities!
– your own crop of organically grown garlic at the end of the year to sell, give away or simply keep for yourself 🙂
What is expected of me?
This program relies on extensive planning well before even the first clove gets planted! We have worked hard to provide you with the best opportunity to learn how to grow a crop, access brilliant knowledgeable speakers, foster your farming spirit and help grow your community. If you want to see what previous participants thought of the project, please check out their testimonials below, as well as Georgia’s blog post.
We have found that one of the strongest aspects of Farmer Incubator courses is the growing of the farming community. Deep friendships have been created through working together and sharing a meal and a few laughs. We think that those who have gained the most have made the most of the contact with each other. ‘Co-Farming’ is a very important part of Farmer Incubator’s ethos.
As such we hope you will involve yourself with the workshops and maintenance routine. There are 8 workshops, roughly one per month, with less in winter and more in Autumn and Spring. While we understand that sometimes things do unexpectedly pop up, if you miss a significant number of the program’s workshops, there are consequences to your understanding and integration within the course and the group.
“I recommend PUGF course to anyone wanting to have a go at farming. The course gave me an experience of farming that was fun, collaborative and very rewarding. I’ve come away from the course with lifelong friends, a good skill base and a passion to continue small scale farming. It has opened up opportunities for market gardening internships which I’ll be doing this year. I’m very grateful, thankyou!!”
– Felicity, 2015 participant
The maintenance regime is vital to ensuring that the plants are cared for – both watering and weeding are absolutely essential for a good crop – but also that your fellow farmers are cared for. We are sharing the experience and revenue from growing and therefore you should expect to contribute to 12 or so trips to your site throughout the program.
For comparison, our participants have been able to carry on with their normal lives of university, a 9-5 job and/or looking after children, so it’s not an overly significant contribution, although harvest-time can get a bit hectic, but in a good way!
Essentially, we are looking for strong intention to make the experience worthwhile and equitable for everyone.
What is the refund policy?
If for whatever reason we decide to cancel the course, we will provide a full refund.
If you decide to cancel for any reason other than a special circumstance such a personal or family illness:
- 2 weeks before the course commencement, you are entitled to a 100% refund
- Less than 2 weeks before the course commencement but before the course commences you are entitled to an 80% refund
- After the course has commenced, you will receive no refund
How does the roster work and what kind of time commitment does this involve?
It really does depend; sometimes a crop needs weeding only a few times a season, other seasons it requires more. The same goes with watering. Usually, more work is required at the beginning and the end of the program with planting and harvesting – but not always! Early in the program, we encourage each group to put together a roster for maintenance, which will likely involve about 12 visits to your site throughout the year.
Are we organic?
We require all participants in the program to grow without the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Furthermore, one farm we are located on is certified organic and we strictly adhere to these standards.