Audience for a demo
Boxes of fruit and vegetables
Hands with seeds
Pumpkins growing
Jars of jam
Tinka Tots demonstration
Pots of herbs
Vegetables on supermarket shelves


Following the success of last year's workshops, this year we are going to run one-off workshops at fixed times and also have some drop-in workshops throughout the event.

The main workshops are:

1:20 - 2:10pmPermaculture - The Revolution Disguised as Gardening! by Trish Whitham
2:10 - 2:30pmReading Mayor Cllr Edwards will talk about her chosen charities
2:40 - 3pmClean(er) Air for Reading by Reading Friends of the Earth
3:10 - 4pm What to do with your harvest? by Michele Atkins from Food4families
2:30 - 4pm (drop-in)  DIY Pizza with Tinka Tots

See below or check the programme (PDF) for timings and other details.

No need to book, but it would be great to know numbers so please fill in our workshop form.

Main Workshop Marquee

PermaculturePermaculture - The Revolution Disguised as Gardening!

A fun workshop where you will learn how Permaculture principles and design systems can help you successfully grow your own food with least effort - no digging and no chemicals! Learn to plan a food garden - or any project - using permaculture principles to solve problems and create abundance working with nature.

Mayor of Reading Charity FundMayor of Reading

The Mayor is spending her term in office raising money for four local charities through her Mayor of Reading Charity Fund. She will talk about her chosen charities, which are are BWA, Launchpad, Berkshire West Your Way and YMCA Reading.

Friends of the EarthClean(er) air for Reading

Reading Friends of the Earth presented a 400-signature petition calling for Clean Air to the Council in November. We will lead a workshop looking at: the impact of Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulates; where these pollutants come from; and what can be done to reduce them.

Food4familiesWhat to do with your harvest?

So you've grown all these amazing fruit and vegetables! But what to do with it all? Learn about lots of different ways to store your harvest, including making jams and chutneys, fermenting, pickling, drying, freezing, cooking and best practices for storing fruit and vegetables. Includes tastings and recipes.

Town Meal Tent

The Town Meal will be served by staff and students from Reading College from around 12:30pm.

Tinka TotsDIY Pizza with Tinka Tots

Young, old, can cook, can't cook ... all are welcome to make your own pizza using the very best of local and organic ingredients.

If you would be interested in running a workshop at this year's Town Meal, or you have an idea for a workshop topic, please contact us.

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