racheledge - Educator Profile

Biography

I am passionate about everyone having access to healthy, fresh food, grown chemical free and with high levels of animal welfare.  This is a challenge within urban areas where land space is limited and population density creates high demand for food.  That is why my focus is on urban food production.

My ethics are on building soil, chemical free, integrated polyculture low maintenance food production systems.

The urban environment presents many solutions to food production issues and I want to challenge the mindset that food needs producing OUTSIDE CITIES. 
 
Local food production creates a stronger local economy by creating employment opportunities, relationships between producers and their customers, retains money within the locality, is a strong place making tool, offers community building and crime reduction potential, attracts food tourism and enables people to learn new skills.  
It can also save money for Local Authority, Housing Associations and Private Developers through efficient low maintenance planting.
Learning to grow food is one of the most forgotten yet empowering skills one can learn.  Food brings us together regardless of language, background, health status, ability, beliefs.

I lived in Todmorden, West Yorkshire for 5 years, where I was lucky enough to be part of the Incredible Edible project
When I moved back to Oxford in 2012, I realised there wasn't a growing project which was both free and publicly accessible, so I created Incredible Edible Oxford.
We planted herbs and vegetables in Florence Park and got requests for workshops and designs.
Today, it runs as edge: edibles design grow & educate
We design for urban food production and related business and education.

My specialist areas include: urban food production, forest gardens, polycultures, integrated systems, medicinal planting, herb uses

I love connecting with others :)

Qualifications and skills
Qualifications: 

Permaculture Design Course 2011
Martin Crawford's Forest Garden, Greenhouse and Nut courses 2012 - 2018
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture 2 week course 2015
Holtwood Herbs Medicinal Forest Garden Course 2019
Permaculture Diploma 2020
MA Urban Design 2020



Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Polyculture systems
High yielding urban systems
Project management
Coaching and Goal setting
Mentoring
Business start up
Teaching



Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Urban Food Production
Sensory Gardens
Edible Landscaping for Housing projects and Local Authority

Teaching Information
Offering teaching in the following geographical areas: 
Oxfordshire Berkshire Buckinghamshire
I teach at weekends.
I teach in the evenings.
I can accommodate students.

Please contact me for details.