Both Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch are part of the biodynamic work-based diploma. The level 3 accredited diploma involves a 2 year practical on-farm training coupled with week long block courses organised by the Biodynamc Association and weekend courses organised by the local participating farms in the area. These theoretical courses outline the backbone of biodynamic agriculture, offering enriching, thought-provoking discussion and enlightenment, whilst balancing with the day to day realities of practical farming and gardening. It is important to choose the farm suited to your interests in farming, as all the farms who are linked to the scheme are autonomous.
Tablehurst Farm offers training experience with: animal husbandry on a large scale including beef, sheep, pigs and poultry; crop management and field rotations; tractor and implement usage; composting; fencing and vegetable garden management. There would also be an opportunity to learn some meat processing skills from our butcher's shop staff as we process one beef animal, 4 pigs, 5 lambs and 140 chickens every week.
Plaw Hatch offers training experience with: dairy herd management and processing; animal husbandry on a small scale including sheep, pigs, poultry; crop management and field rotations; tractor and implement usage; composting; fencing; soft fruit and vegetable garden management.
Learners live on the farms. Each farms offer different living conditions. In both farms learners work full time, take responsibility and become active participants in farm life and community.