Deep Down and Dirty: a (not) earth-shattering new course


*These courses are currently on hold* but please feel free to express an interest in future courses by contacting us via our website.


Learn all about a largely ignored but precious resource on this one day course: earth: 

Come and get Deep Down and Dirty and:

  • Learn all about soil science - how nutrients are passed between plants, fungi and soil organisms
  • Develop a good understanding of soil types and structures
  • Discover why soil is essential to all land-based life
  • Learn how to manage soil for growing different types of plant
  • Gain practical experience of different soil types

it's useful to know...

  • There's a maximum of 12 people per course giving you the best chance to learn
  • The price includes snacks, drinks and a detailed handout: £65 / £40 concessions
  • If you book onto another one day course the bundle price is £110 / £70
  • GIFT service. If you are booking this as a present for someone else we can post or email you a gift card

about the tutors

Lewis McNeill is Project Manager for the Urban Orchard Project and a permaculture teacher. A life-long naturalist with a BSc in Aquatic Biology, he now focuses on urban, perennial food systems where building healthy, living soils is key. When not scratching around in the earth he can be found scratching vinyl as a DJ in London's hip hop scene and organising action on climate change. He's currently working on his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.

Jo Homan is a forest gardening tutor who has been teaching on a range of horticultural topics since 2012. In 2013 she developed the first ever accredited forest garden course, Creating a Forest Garden. Jo's favourite form of soil biota has to be the surprising slime mould, closely followed by mycorrhizal fungi. Here she is talking about forest gardening and there are a few more interviews with her here. Before setting up Transition Finsbury Park and Edible Landscapes London, Jo was a primary school teacher, layout artist, print manager and childminder. She also enjoys climbing and swing dancing.