Community Gardens Short Course
Contributing to a Dartington Trust course on "how to design, create and empower others to care for a community garden". The course will include a visit and tour of a community market garden that I co-run and facilitate.
19th- 21st May 2023
Schumacher College, Dartington, South Devon
Bursaries and accommodation are available
Oxford Real Farming Conference, two panels:
"Teaching ecosystem restoration and agroecology through online learning" Panel with Charles Dowding and Vandana Shiva
Thursday 5th January 2023
"Crafting the narrative to transform food and farming systems"
Panel with Joya Berrow and Manda Scott
Friday 6th January 2023
Bristol Botanic Gardens, "Growing a Better World":
Thursday 24th November 2022
Anson Rooms, Bristol
(Free admittance for students, UoB staff and Friends of the Botanic Gardens)
Resurgence Ecologist Festival of Wellbeing:
Saturday 22nd October 2022
"Gardening that grows us too: regenerating our minds, bodies, land and communities through growing food ecologically
Beth Chatto Symposium panel:
Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd September 2022
University of Essex
Part of 2022 Beth Chatto Symposium. "There can be no doubt that the way we have historically managed urban and public space land is unsustainable and requires fundamental change. And that change needs to happen now.
Together we will learn that this change is possible, via knowledge sharing with the use of expert case studies and examples."
Sunday 8th August 2022
Part of Wilderness Festival a "four-day festival combining live music, arts, wellbeing and an array of theatre, artisanship, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and culinary experiences in the Oxfordshire countryside."
RHS at Hampton Court, two talks:
Saturday 9th July 2022
Hampton Court, Surrey
12:00 and again at 16:00 at The Market Theatre
"Growing that gives back: regenerating our minds bodies and communities through growing food.
Poppy Okotcha will explore the benefits of ecological food growing and how connecting with our gardens has proven benefits for our minds, bodies and environments around us."
The Barbican London "Planting a Seed: Gardening as a Gateway to Nature" panel:
10th July 2022
The Barbican, London
"Join us on the Barbican’s Conservatory Terrace, as a panel of gardeners, growers and horticulturists discuss gardening to connect with the natural world and finding belonging through planting.
Horticulturist and regenerative grower Poppy Okotcha, Head of Horticulture at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Errol Rueben Fernandes and Marta Lowcewicz, Head Gardener at the Barbican Conservatory are in conversation with organic food grower and writer Claire Ratinon."
Charleston Festival of the Garden "The Modern Kitchen Garden" panel:
Thursday 14th July 2022
"Join pioneering landscape designers Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, and regenerative grower, forager and cook Poppy Okotcha, as they reimagine kitchen gardens for today. From the innovations at RHS Garden Bridgewater to naturally balanced edible forest gardens, let’s celebrate the power of growing food for ourselves and our communities."
Part of Charleston House's Festival of the Garden, "four days of live and in-person events bringing together today’s most pioneering gardeners, designers, writers, artists, horticulturists and activists. This year’s Festival of the Garden explores our connection with the land, and the line between wilderness and cultivation, landscapes and gardens."
You can find my regular column in Riverford Organic's Wicked Leeks Magazine.
Gardens Illustrated: Interview, "Our gardens may be small but they are a patchwork quilt of opportunity"
LivingEtc: in print gardening column, monthly through 2021