Courses & Events



Grow Shetland Workshops & Training Courses

A new series of workshops will run in February and March 2024. Workshops are stand alone, however, all taken together give a good overview for successful vegetable growing in Shetland.

This year we have added another new workshop looking at how to grow organically and do No Dig in Shetland. Both ways of growing are useful for building healthy soil, increasing biodiversity and reducing carbon emmisions.

Workshops are online via Zoom and run for approx 1 hour with time for Q&A afterwards.

All workshops are free to Shetland Islands residents.  To book a place on any of the workshops please get in touch and let us know which workshops you would like to attend

Getting Started  Wednesday 7th February 2024  7pm

Choosing where to grow;  the difference between containers/pots, raised beds and ground level plots. Understanding soil, soil health and improvement. Buying seeds and transplants.

Making it Work Wednesday 14th February 2024  7pm

How plants grow and develop. Crop rotation, bed preparation, seed sowing and transplanting. When to harvest.

Growing Undercover  Wednesday 21st February 2024  7pm

The impact of the polycrub/tunnel or greenhouse environment on plant growth and health. Watering, ventilation. Problems and solutions

Composting  Wednesday 28th February 2024  7pm

A little bit of science behind making compost. Choosing your container and site. What/what not to compost. Problems and solutions

Organic Growing & Using No Dig  Wednesday 6th March 2024  7pm

Simple organic priciples and how to apply them in practice. No Dig, what is it and how to get started. Alternatives to bulk green waste compost

Pests, Diseases and Weeds  Wednesday 13th March 2024  7pm

Identification and the best way to deal with them to have healthy productive crops

Extending the Season  Wednesday 20th March 2024  7pm

Choosing crops, planning and timings for growing through the winter. Have edibles available all year


Workshops to suit you

We are able to run workshops for you if you have a group of 3 or more people who would like to attend. This can be online or here at Turriefield. We also offer bespoke face ot face workshops for 6-20 people at your chosen venue

If you would like to chat more about the training we offer please get in touch

Turriefield Site Visits

We offer visits to our growing site at Turriefield in Sandness if you’d like to see what we do. At the moment we are operating on an appointment only basis. If you would like to arrange to come to see us please get in touch.