home grown organic vegetables

How to start your own organic veg patch (with lunch!)

Connections, connections, connections. This is the stuff that really lights my fire. I love how our space here at the Homestead is becoming somewhere to bring people together, not just for food, but for conversations, community, friendship and inspiration. During our first social walk, I met Sophie from West Plum Studio, and we got chatting and soon planned a shared event here where she led a workshop on making your own woven wall hanging followed by lunch… on this workshop, I met a thoroughly inspiring woman called Jan who runs her own gardening business called Artemisia Consultancy. You know when you meet someone who is just so passionate and knowledgeable, their energy is infectious. Well that’s how I felt meeting Jan. Her CV (if she has one!) would be an impressive read, and I instantly knew we needed her to support us with the epic job of achieving all we have in our minds for our space here. We met for an initial consultation, which was 2 hours of chat covering organic no dig gardening, planning wild flower beds, compost, natural pest control, orchards, and plans for some tweaks to the restaurant’s ‘curb appeal’! Oh and of course, coffee (beans from Roost in Malton, the best!)

As we were finishing up for the day, I floated an idea of a workshop here for other people to come and feel inspired and guided on their way into gardening! So here we are, excited to announce our half day workshop with lunch!


Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables Workshop – with Lunch

Friday 5th May

£65 per person

This practical and informal course will take a look at how to grow your own summer vegetables. From seed sowing, pricking out and planting, to what to sow when, this workshop is suitable for all, no matter if you are a complete beginner or else a more seasoned gardener. Whether you have an allotment or just a tiny garden with room for a few pots, this half day course will give you the confidence you need to grow a few of your own vegetables using organic techniques.

You will go home with a selection of seeds, module trays for planting into and sufficient organic compost to get you started on your journey.

The course will be led by Jan Hoyland, a knowledgeable and experienced organic gardener and smallholder. She worked for many years as a Head Gardener for the National trust and now runs a successful design and garden consultancy business.

The gardening element will last 3 hours, starting at 10am. We will follow on with a two course lunch in the restaurant.


North Sea fish pie, creamed potatoes, green salad
Lemon thyme gnocchi, wild mushrooms, asparagus

Caramelised vanilla rice pudding, spiced pear

includes a glass of house wine or soft drink


Bookings can be made on our Events page here.


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