Courses are not just for farmers all rural businesses can benefit from training.
Plumpton College At Flimwell offer a dynamic, practical, relevant and interesting range of short hands on training courses in food, farming, forestry, land-based legislation, rural business training and rural skills that will help you and your business.
All courses have limited participants to ensure the best tutor – learner experience.
Plumpton College at Flimwell Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry was established some years ago, and originally the idea of Simon Bishop Sussex Farmer of the Year 2009/2010 of Plumpton College and Topsy Jewell of Common Cause.
They decided to set up a centre to raise awareness of farming, food and environmental issues by providing an advice, training and networking enterprise to assist farmers and growers to keep farming in a sustainable way.
In January 2011 The Centre for Sustainable Food and Farming moved to Plumpton College at Flimwell and now encompasses the forestry courses Plumpton run at this site.
The "Be a Butcher" courses are hands on, and in most cases limited to four participants, they take place at an on-farm cutting room. The butchery training has something for everyone.
"I would like you to know that the tutor for the sausage making course was brilliant she is a great communicator and knows her subject inside out! Thanks for a great day, I learnt a lot." Colin Hawkes.
There is butchery training in Pork, Lamb, Venison and Beef, learn how to produce quality bacon and cure gammon. Make tasty sausages and salami. Take these skills back to your home and start to make your meat pay.
First though learn how to select your finished stock and market your meat. Food hygiene is a necessary part of selling your meat, Plumpton College has CIEH certified courses in Food Hygiene and Cleaning of Premises. There are also further courses covering legislation for farmers, from Nitrate Vulnerable Zone advice, Catchment Sensitive Farming, Cross Compliance, Livestock Transport Certificate to earning an income from your kitchen.
The farming methods championed by Plumpton College Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry are extensive not intensive ensuring high standards of animal welfare working with the environment and land.
The forestry courses at Flimwell, include: managing your woodlands, emergency first aid, woodland archaeology, coppicing, chainsaw use, felling smal trees, trug making, bowl carving, willow plant supports, hurdle making, oak timber framing and woodland art. Also available Level 2 and 3 forestry training. Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue. Professional Chainsaw, Woodchipper, Brush Cutter. Horse Drawn timber extraction and Construction with green-oak. Legislative courses include Livestock Transport, short journeys, Food Hygiene and First Aid.
More and more businesses have realised the enormous opportunity there is to add value and sell quality products to local markets. Plumpton College Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry assists farmers, growers, retailers sourcing local produce, first time land owners, bed and breakfast businesses, restaurants, cafes, hotels as well as anyone employed or considering being employed in farming, growing or associated food related industries with a desire to change direction, add value or simply gain a new skill. Training, development and assistance is provided through one and two day courses, butchery skills, work shadowing and demonstration farm visits
Telephone and e-mail advice and on-farm visits. Direction to advice, training, and grant giving organisations. Support for diversification and local marketing. Networking farmers and growers and producers and retail outlets.
Wonderful wedding or event venue for hire at Woodland Enterprise Centre at Flimwell.
Plumpton College provide a huge range of full time and part time land-based courses, in further education and higher education Agriculture Horticulture Floristry Game Keeping Hard Landscaping Equine Metalsmithing Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing Countryside Management Forestry and Arboriculture Sports (Outdoor Education) Wine and Viticulture Degree courses are provided in association with the University of Brighton.