Trill Farm – in tune with the seasons
At the beginning of September I will be going back to Trill Farm to teach my seasonal foraging and herbal medicine course, this time focussing on Autumnal plants. For those of you who have not yet visited Trill Farm and would like to know what makes it such a special place to run these courses from, let me tell you a little more about it…
Trill is a 300 acre mixed organic farm in east Devon which has been owned by Romy Fraser and her family since 2008. Romy moved here after selling her previous business, Neal’s Yard Remedies, which she built up from a small shop in 1981 to the multi national company it is today. As you may imagine, someone like Romy wouldn’t own just any ordinary farm! Trill is a collection of small businesses and educators who are all working together with the same ethos, following the highest standards of organic practice and protecting and conserving the environment and wildlife of the farm. There is the strong belief that food is at the heart of life and their stated aim is ‘to celebrate and reaffirm the connection between humanity, the animal kingdom and the nature which sustains us all.‘ There are courses running at Trill Farm throughout the year, with the option of staying at the luxurious, ecologically renovated B&B or in the summer at the peaceful campsite (with open air showers and composting loos!).
I will be hosting two more foraging weekends at Trill this year; 5th/6th September and 17th/18th October when we will be looking at which wild herbs are available in the last two seasons of Autumn and Winter. These are practical, hands-on weekends but for residential students we will be starting with a meal on the Friday night which I will be hosting. We will be finding, identifying and preparing wild and cultivated medicinal plants and I will help you to understand more about the major systems of the body and how to promote their health by matching the right herbs to ailments of each system. You will also learn how to prepare the herbs as infusions, decoctions, creams, lotions, ointments, glycerites and tinctures.
The price is £125 for the weekend for non-residents (or £265 for residential students) this includes all teaching plus a delicious organic lunch each day. Bookings can be made by calling Zoe at Trill Farm on 01297 631 113 or by clicking the link on their website.
I hope you can join me!