As passionate smallholders and makers, we have learned so much about from-scratch living over the last five years. Through a lot of trial and even more error, we have learned how to forage, care for animals, live close to the land and make the most out of the abundance around us.
This Autumn, we are thrilled to offer our first food-based retreat. Gather with us around our big farmhouse kitchen table and spend the weekend, foraging, making, gathering, learning and enjoying each other’s company as you become smallholders for the weekend.
The weekend will start on Friday evening. After settling into your accommodation, we will gather at the farm for an evening of “pick your own pizza” making. With sourdough pizza bases, we will let you loose on the kitchen garden to select your own toppings and make pizza to order, fired on our (soon to be built) wood-fired oven.
The rest of the weekend will be spent with a mix of foraging (Kat will show you her super secret chanterelle spots), cooking and eating. Focussing on the things we grow and forage here at Gartur Stitch Farm, we will cover:
Sourdough breads and pastas
Cold and Hot Smoking Food
Canning and food preservation
Permaculture and garden planning
You will also have the opportunity to get hands on with our animals and their daily routines, including milking our goat and tending our flocks of chickens and sheep. There will be options for beautiful walks, wild swimming and visits with local food producers.
Whether you dream of having your own smallholding or just want to get out into rural life for a weekend, the skills you learn over our two days together will be invaluable no matter where your kitchen.
Included: Accommodation and all meals. Each participant will take away food we have preserved over the weekend.
Transport to the venue not included (but transfers Stirling train station can be arranged).
We are offering a range of housing options for your stay:
- Shared Bunk Room - £400
- Shared Twin Room - £450
- Single Room - £700
If you would like to share a room with someone specific, please let us know at checkout.
We are offering a series of payment plans to make the retreat accessible to everyone who wants to attend. We are asking for an initial deposit of £100 and then you will be invoiced according to the plan you have chosen.