We are developing a demonstration market garden for training at Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire

If you would like to visit or attent a course there, please get in touch

Desperate to be a Food Grower?

  • FARMSTART programmes running regularly in Berkshire
  • Fully funded FARMSTART February & May start
  • Commercial food production training & mentoring
  • Regular practical one day courses
  • Bespoke training at your site by request
  • Access to land for your own enterprise
  • Ongoing mentoring
  • Online courses for those not in the UK
  • Plug plant suppy

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Market Gardens

  • Setting up a new market garden or expanding your enterprise
  • Financial viability
  • Training for growers
  • Fruit, Veg, Herbs, Nuts, Eggs, Honey, Edible & Cut Flowers
  • Organic growing methods
  • Regenerative food production
  • Healthy soils & regenerative methods
  • Setting up a food enterprise
  • Polycultures
  • Perennials
  • Whole ecosystem design & biodiversity

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Our Specialisms

  • Agroforestry
  • Integrated systems
  • Fruit, Veg, Herbs, Nuts, Eggs, Honey, Edible & Cut flowers
  • Designing for biodiversity
  • High value crops
  • Routes to market
  • Economic models
  • Mentoring support 
  • Access to land
  • Access to sales routes
  • Business support
  • Seed and plant supply

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Chard, Lettuce, Runner bean and Broad bean seedlings. Buy your vegetable seedlings from edge this yearEdge vegetable raised bed with straw mulch for low maintenance growingFungi growing in one of our edible raised beds - so many plants growing and soil so moist, it has created its own micro climate!Vegetable seedlings growing in a greenhouse - edge sells edible plants


  • Our new 4 day course is designed to get people started on their journey to grow commercially

  • We will cover fruit, annual and perennial veg, herbs, nuts, eggs, edible flowers, cut flowers as commercial crops

  • You will learn about soil health and regenerative food production

  • We will discuss the types of food business you could start and who to sell to

What's included:

  • Access to our market garden for learning

  • 4 days of teaching in classroom and outside practical learning

  • Use of our tools and equipment

  • A comprehensive handout on food production

  • Yearly crop planners

  • Access to our experienced tutors

After the course:

  • You may have the opportunity to access land for your food business through us at the end of the course

  • Volunteer and work experience opportunities

  • We can continue to mentor you with your food start up course

  • There are various specialist courses we offer to improve your skills, such as propagation, herbs, forest gardening, high value crop production and more

Growing plants

  • We grow edible plants in our nursery where we can completely control and regulate the growing environment
  • We use our plants for teaching and the market gardens we manage
  • We maintain our public Forest Garden voluntarily
  • We design growing spaces for cooking schools, catering colleges, hotels, cafes & restaurants
  • We have experience in growing a wide range of fruit (including citrus), vegetables (annual and perennial), herbs & spices (modern and historic), edible flowers, nuts, honey & egg production

Our growing principles:

  • Chemical free - no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides
  • No dig - minimum soil interference to maintain soil health & ecosystems
  • No bare soil - using mulches & groundcover plants to reduce weeds, retain water in soil & minimise irrigation needs
  • No walking on growing beds - soil compaction disturbs the soil food web & prevents effective drainage
  • Polycultures - always designing for more than one plant in the growing space; maximum produce, minimum labour, optimum soil health & integrated pest management
  • Agroforestry & Perennials - integrating trees within growing systems for livestock & to maximise produce.  Using perennials to reduce labour
  • Prioritise heritage & UK varieties & named varieties (not hybrid seeds) & seed saving
  • Grafting with scion wood (cuttings) from local orchards 
  • Peat free growing media
  • Minimal use of plastic pots, reusing where possible
  • Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

At present we sell:

Fruit trees

  • Apple, Pear, Plum, Damson, Greengage, Quince, Cherry

Soft fruit bushes

  • Black, Red & White currant, Gooseberry, Jostaberry, Worcesterberry, Thornless Blackberry, Worcesterberry, Cape Gooseberry and more


  • Loganberry, Japanese Wineberry, Tayberry, Blackberry and more

Perennial vegetables: 

  • Good King Henry, Sweet Cicely, Rhubarb, Salad Burnet and more


  • Culinary, medicinal and tea varieties of herbs including more unusual herbs such as Lovage, Winter Savoury and a full range of mints – from Lime Mint to Lavender Mint

Edible flower plants

  • Chives, Borage, Calendula and many more – perfect for brightening up a salad!