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    Sheepdrove Organic Farm & Eco Conference Centre

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    Sustainable, organic and environmentally sound, Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre combines exceptional surroundings with the most advanced technology and attentive service to make your event a complete success. The conference centre is housed in a beautiful, eco-friendly building set at the heart of a 2,500 acre working organic farm,  surrounded by fields and woodlands, with spectacular views across rolling Berkshire downland. This purpose-built conference environment has state of the art presentation equipment and conference facilities for between nine and 200 delegates. Each room offers a unique space for different styles of meeting – and there are plenty of break out areas. In the vaulted dining room, food cooked from organic produce grown and raised on the farm is served. Visitors can take farm tours and see how an organic system works. Or they can simply wander through grassy meadows, past grazing animals and native woodland, along the reed beds which transform waste water from the conference centre into a clear, clean lake. Poultry, beef, lamb, mutton and pork are reared on the farm and processed to high standards in terms of welfare and meat quality. It is all Soil Association-registered and completely GMO-free. Sheepdrove also has a butchers and shop in London (http://sheepdrove.com/our-london-shop/) selling organic and GMO-free meat reared on the farm. The store also stocks fine organic wine, their own Sheepdrove honey, preserves, organic wholemeal flour, organic eggs, game (when in season), and an eclectic collection of books.

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    The School of Artisan Food

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    The School of Artisan Food is based on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire in the heart of Sherwood Forest.  It was set up as a not for profit organisation by a group of food enthusiasts who recognised the need to train new generations in the artisan food methods in danger of being lost or displaced by industrial food production. The school opened its doors in 2009 to teach practical food production skills as well as to research methods and traditions and explore their relevance today. The School offers a wide range of courses from introductory level to professional level in bakery, butchery, curing and smoking, pie, cheese and ice-cream making, pickling and preserving. There is an emphasis on tastes and processes such as fermentation which develop slowly and on awareness of the provenance of raw materials and the distinctive characteristics of food from different areas.  The School also offers expert tuition for those considering setting up a food business or wishing to expand an existing enterprise. The School is dedicated to ‘producing good food from local resources and educating the people who will make a living in the sustainable food landscape of the future’.

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    Hen Corner

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    Hen Corner is a little bit of country life in London that brings an oasis of calm to busy routines. We’ve got an overflowing kitchen garden, eleven fruit & nut trees, a growing flock of hens and a few colonies of honey bees. With a shed storing chutneys, preserves and our cider press; we’ve got big ambitions! You may not be as excited as us when we see the first spears of asparagus peeping through, but we know that they’ll be great with a home-made hollandaise… We are trying to live more sustainably and encourage others to with our Courses, Blog and Media Contributions. We often have surplus produce that we are happy to sell on.

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    Made In Hackney – Local Food Kitchen

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    We believe everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food that’s good for people and planet. This means transitioning to a food system and diet with local, seasonal, organic, plant-based foods at its core. In our beautiful recycled kitchen we teach vital food growing, cooking and composting skills. Our program covers everything from basic plant based cookery skills to sugar free baking, preserving, bread making, foraging and making your own non-toxic homemade cosmetics. We deliver fun, inspiring and informative cookery and preserving classes using produce from Growing Communities veg box scheme to community groups such as teen carers, adults in rehab programs, new parents, low income families, young people excluded from school, young people in care, local food growers and anyone else with a desire and need to learn about healthy sustainable food. Amazing local volunteers run our pay-by-donation Community Classes on bi-weekly Sundays where new skills such as lactic fermenting, sour dough bread making, home herbalism, Rastafarian Ital food cookery and much more is taught in a fun, relaxed environment. Our program of Masterclasses are led by holistic chefs, herbalists and nutritionists and feature everything from raw food, live cultures and ferments, homemade cosmetics, vegan baking and much more. These are a chance to ask