The Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub and Lancaster University researchers are organising an agroecology taster event for academics, students and community activists on the 28th of October 2017 at 10.00am (meet outside Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, Todmorden OL14 7BX).
Agroecology is a holistic approach to agriculture that is based on the principles of ecology, food and nutrition security, and food sovereignty.
The event is organized by Dr Nick Green from the Incredible Farm and Lancaster University researchers Dr Katerina Psarikidou, Dr Beccy Whittle and Dr Dennis Touliatos. It is funded by a partnership of eight Universities from the North of England, called the N8.
The day will feature a tour of the Incredible Farm and will highlight collaborative learning and research opportunities. This will be followed by a visit to Todmorden Community College, and a ‘Mushroom Identification’ tutorial. It will end with a mammoth ‘thinkathon’ to harvest ideas on how the N8 University group and others could make best use of these spaces.
This day will be the first in a series of events that aim to bring together universities, community groups and businesses to create a national learning centre for sustainability in Todmorden.
The centre, which will be called the Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub, will teach skills in agroecology, natural building, and energy micro-generation.
The centre will offer courses in small-scale sustainable food production; flood mitigation farming; how to integrate wildlife habitat and human food production; soil carbon building methods and high welfare micro dairy farming.
It will also offer courses on how to build or repair your own house using sustainable and renewable resources, and will teach the practical skills and science of how to set up small scale energy production. In time it hopes to become a Community Hub where local people, organisations and businesses can meet, work, learn and socialise together.
The centre will be based in the currently redundant Todmorden Community College. (Unless the local community can provide a viable business plan for the college by the end of October 2017, the college will be bulldozed and replaced by a big supermarket).
The Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub is proposed as one option for utilising the Community College going forwards.
The event on the 28th October costs £10 per person. This money will go towards supporting the “Socit, Save Our College In Todmorden” campaign which aims to create the Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub.