Outdoor Classroom in our Edible Woodland Garden

by Jonathan Caddy in Findhorn, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th September 2018 we successfully raised £2,000 with 58 supporters in 28 days

Our project is to build an outdoor classroom + kitchen using wood from our community woodland and demonstrating natural building techniques.

by Jonathan Caddy in Findhorn, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We will use the extra money to run a skill training in earthen building to build our rocket stove kitchen and work area within our fabulous timber structure. And to kit the kitchen out. We could then start running full-featured classes - from forest garden to table.

The Findhorn Hinterland Trust already gets people on the land learning about conservation and their local environment. Our Edible Woodland Garden, aka a Food Forest, takes it a step further in demonstrating how people can grow perennial and annual fruit, vegetables and nuts by mimicking a forest ecosystem. 

This project will help us to deepen our work, learning and educational impact by creating a sheltered outdoor space that can be used all year round as a teaching space. A place to shelter when the rain starts. A place where people can warm up by sitting on the rocket stove bench.  

Our high dream, part of the stretch goal, is to incorporate a simple field kitchen so produce from the garden can be harvested, prepared and eaten in this fabulous outdoor setting while reinforcing the relationship between land and humans and building a greater sense of local community.

We'd like to start building the timber structure in September 2018, and if we meet our stretch goal we'll be making the earthen rocket stove & kitchen next Spring. For both building phases, we welcome people to come along, watch and join in. We'll put updates of project work days on the Findhorn Hinterland Trust website - findhornhinterland.org. 

You'll notice we haven't added any rewards - we're hoping that that seeing the classroom take shape is reward enough. 

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