Adam Crofts

Next Level Veg Patch

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    $249

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    Learn in an online classroom with no more than 20 classmates. More

Course Description

In this course, Adam embraces his love for rare and flavourful varieties, intelligent and low-maintenance growing techniques and thoughtful organic practices to guide you through growing ingredients that with not only enrich your cooking but will also inject beauty and joy into your garden space (no matter how large or small).

**Course available to pre-book today - classrooms open 31 January 2022**

Adam will take you step-by-step through building and planting up your own raised bed. You’ll learn what you need to construct it, what soil you need to fill it, a time frame for when you should aim to build your raised bed. He’ll also give you endless inspiration for things you can grow throughout the year. You’ll also learn about companion planting and crop rotation.

Salad is a four-season staple at River Cottage and Adam will show you how he keeps us in leaves and exciting salad ingredients throughout the year, even in the depths of winter. Adam will also show you how to harvest salad leaves to maximise the return and guide you through a Four Season Salad Planting Plan.

You’ll also learn how to make a Herb Spiral using some of herbs sourced from one of the largest organic herb growers in the United Kingdom.

Adam will also show you different herb varieties you can grow at home - looking at the pros and cons of different herbs, giving insight into the needs of different herbs in relation to sunlight, soil and water. He’ll also look at how to plant so you ensure you have a different herbs throughout the year and how to look after and pick your herbs in a way that ensures a healthy and abundant supply.

The final lesson touches on perennial vegetables, which are making a comeback. Not only are they very low maintenance (these are vegetables that you plant once but can harvest continuously for years thereafter), they’re also hugely sustainable and arguably, more nutritious than annual vegetables.

Once established, perennial vegetables can tap into water sources and soil nutrients annual crops, with shallower tap roots, can’t access. Perennial vegetables are also hugely beneficial for long-term soil health. Adam will look at options for putting perennials in the new raised bed and show you how you can grow perennial veg at home.

Course outline

  • Create a raised bed

    Adam will take you step-by-step through building and planting up your own raised bed. You’ll learn what you need to construct it, what soil you need to fill it, a time frame for when you should aim to build your raised bed (i.e. what time of year is best but also how to get around timing if you want to start now).

    He’ll give you endless inspiration for things you can grow throughout the year. You’ll also learn about companion planting and crop rotation.

  • Growing salad leaves throughout the year

    Adam will take you through an astounding variety of different salad varieties you can grow throughout the year.

    As well as showing you how to grow different leaves throughout the year, Adam will guide you through harvesting salad leaves to maximise the return and he’ll also talk you through a Four Season Salad Planting Plan.

  • How to grow and harvest herbs

    Not far from River Cottage HQ is one of the most exciting and largest organic herb growers in the United Kingdom.

    Adam pays them a visit their garden to be inspired by some new varieties. He’ll then comes back to River Cottage to show you how to create a Herb Spiral using some of herbs he sourced from the Organic Herb Trading Company.

    He’ll also cover the benefits of organic sourced herbs. Adam will also show you different herb varieties you can grow at home - looking at the pros and cons of different herbs, giving insight into the needs of different herbs in relation to sunlight, soil and water.

    He’ll also look at how to plant so you ensure you have a different herbs throughout the year and how to look after and pick your herbs in a way that ensures a healthy and abundant supply.

  • Perennial vegetables - the most nutritious, delicious and easy-to-grow veg

    Perennial vegetables are making a comeback. Not only are they very low maintenance (these are vegetables that you plant once but can harvest continuously for years thereafter), they’re also hugely sustainable and arguably, more nutritious than annual vegetables.

    Once established, perennial vegetables can tap into water sources and soil nutrients annual crops, with shallower tap roots, can’t access. Perennial vegetables are also hugely beneficial for long-term soil health. They’re also amazing for maintaining soil structure and health (the American Dust Bowl is the result of perennial grasslands being replaced by fasting-growing, annual wheat crops).

    River Cottage is surrounded by pioneers in this area who champion perennial vegetables because they are more sustainable but also they offer some incredible flavours. Planting perennial veg is also one of the easiest ways to create an abundant, low maintenance garden.

    Adam will visit some of these farms for inspiration before heading back to River Cottage HQ to add some new plants to the perennial veg patch on the edge of the River Cottage Kitchen Garden. Adam will look at options for putting perennials in the new raised bed.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option

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    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Adam Crofts

    • Start course anytime from January 31st 2022
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Adam Crofts
    • Certificate of completion
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    $249
    Start anytime from January 31st 2022
  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course anytime from January 31st 2022
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    $99
    Start anytime from January 31st 2022

Food & Drink classroom - how it works

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    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

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    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
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    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Adam Crofts

Adam Crofts - Food & Drink
Adam Crofts is an expert in organic gardening with a commitment to growing and eating the seasons.
His fascination with gardening and the natural world started at an early age. Adam comes from a family of organic gardeners, and with gardening in his blood and a long held belief in the importance of organic produce, he has been growing veg for as long as he can remember.

Over the years his experience has swung from a flower farm on the Scilly Isles, to landscape gardening in the Cotswolds, and farming and organic permaculture across Europe. More recently Adam has realised the absolute importance of good soil health, sustainable agriculture, and natural farming techniques which he has brought to the River Cottage garden.

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