Women’s Farm & Garden Association

November 5th, 2014 in In the Garden

AsthallManor

Thinking about retraining?

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some horticultural training for a while now, but slightly put off by the thought of writing essays and sitting exams again – I still regularly have anxiety dreams about missing exams and deadlines!  Anyway, while researching different courses I stumbled across the Women’s Farm & Garden Association and their brilliant ‘Work and Retrain as a Gardener Scheme’ (WRAGS).

Gain Practical Skills

WRAGS is a practical course (yay no exams!) and provides placements for trainees in a working garden near to their home. Over the course of a year, trainees work 15 hours a week as part of a gardening team or with an experienced garden owner and will come away with a wealth of practical gardening skills.  Started in 1993 it was originally aimed at women returning to work after starting a family but the emphasis has now changed and it’s open to anyone who wants to gain some professional training or looking for a career change.

Workshops & Workdays

I love the symbiotic nature of the scheme – they’re always looking for new garden owners to get involved too. And, while I’m still procrastinating about whether to sign up, I have at least made the first step and joined the Women’s Farm & Garden Assocation (WFGA) which gives me access to some excellent workshops, workdays and garden tours.  WFGA is a registered charity founded in 1899 – it was instrumental in forming the Women’s Land Army during the First World War and has done much to promote and support women working on the land over the last century.

 

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