Localising Food Facilitators Training

IMG_4738Totnes, UK, 22-26 Sept 2015

Learn an integrated approach to developing local strategies and action plans for achieving bioregional scale food resilience, with a thriving local food economy.  Gain the confidence, skills and tools to facilitate your own area to achieve this.


Course Content:

– how to get started and be sustained

Group4UK– a 12-step process for achieving bioregional food resilience, from both household and organizational perspectives, applicable anywhere

– facilitation methods to build confidence and be effective

– developing regionally-appropriate outcomes-based programmes and projects

– specific educational resource materials designed to enable facilitation to be inclusive, insightful, fun, powerful and effective – using powerpoints, videos, manual, templates, symbol sets, interactive teaching toolkit

– community engagement, especially fun ways of motivating and organizing whole families to get involved

IMG_8147– building interconnected food growing communities through existing social nodes

– local food mapping

– interactive local seasonal calendars for land management, food production, harvest and distribution, linked with social-cultural events

– setting up and operating ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ schemes

– practical education and personal empowerment happening hand-in-hand with growing food, involving households, neighbourhoods, schools and businesses

– enriching regional food economies – increasing local and household wealth through growing surplus and value adding; re-thinking local business

DSC_0219– establishing bioregional food hubs

– audio-visual and story-form presentations of some great successful models of local food sustainability, especially from UK’s Totnes region and New Zealand

View the entire programme here.


Who For?

Community Development organizers and workers, Sustainability facilitators, Permaculture & Environmental Education teachers, ‘Transition Town’ networkers, Organic Growing practitioners, and anyone with an interest in community mobilisation.


Main Presenter: 

Robina McCurdy (Earthcare Education Aotearoa, New Zealand)

Contributing Local Presenters:

Jenny Gellatly (School Farm CSA, Totnes, UK)

Rob Hopkins (Global Transition Movement Catalyst & Outreach Manager, UK)

Holly Tiffen (Transition Town Totnes Food Movement, UK)



Minimum: 20, maximum: 30




  • Organisations: £480
  • Waged:£395
  • Low Waged: £325
  • Concession: £250 (students, unemployed, pensioners – limited places)

Cost covers: accommodation, food, manual, field visit transport.


For Totnesians!

If you live locally (Totnes area only) and would like to participate in this course, we are offering a limited number of spaces for locals, and the opportunity to take part either in full or on a daily basis.  Please take a look at the Totnes registration form which includes more information.  This does not include accommodation.



For the full event participation please register via IPC Edge Event – Localising Food

For further information email: earthcarenz(at)gmail(dot)com.



robina-biopic-withpumpkinRobina McCurdy

For the past 25 years, Robina has worked internationally and nationally as an community development facilitator and Permaculture educator/designer. This includes facilitating many local food projects with organizations in NZ, South Africa, USA and Australia. Through her wide experience, Robina has created her own methodology and accompanying community facilitation resource materials: ‘Grounding Vision: Empowering Culture’ and ‘Localising Food Facilitators Manual’. She is a passionate organic-biodynamic gardener, and over the past years worked as the co-ordinator of Victory Community Gardens in Nelson and schools garden designer for Harbour Basin Food Resilience project in Christchurch. She is currently working with the ‘Localising Food Project’, producing documentaries which showcase exemplary local food initiatives happening around NZ.

JennyG-UK-PicJenny Gellatly

For the past 10 years, Jenny has worked on food-related environmental and community projects.  She has lived and worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and was the South West Coordinator of the ‘Mapping Local Foods Webs’ project. She apprenticed with Nick Gooderham, an exemplary grower and mentor, who founded the ‘School Farm’. Jenny has worked as a grower and teacher there for the past four years, and co-pioneered the farm’s ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ scheme, and is now the education and communication coordinator. She has also worked as a freelance gardener, environmental workshop facilitator and session leader of various projects in the Totnes area, including the ‘Gardening for Health’ project and the Transition Streets project. She has a Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture (Schumacher College) and a degree in Environmental Geography and International Development.

31.3.15 Holly oats in fieldHolly Tiffen

Holly has volunteered with Transition Towns Totnes almost from the beginning, and has been involved in a number of food related projects including the Nut Tree project, The Food Shed, Food-Link and now Grown in Totnes.

Rob Hopkins 4 - May 2013 - Photo Credit - Jim WilemanRob Hopkins

Rob is the co-founder of both Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. He has been a permaculture teacher for many years, teaching food growing, natural building and permaculture design.  He is author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff  and wrote The Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion. He was recently awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and one of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. Rob has a first class honours degree in Environmental Quality and Resource Management. He holds a PhD from the University of Plymouth, where he is also a Visiting Fellow, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a keen gardener and one of the founders of New Lion Brewery in Totnes and a Director of Atmos Totnes, a very ambitious community-led development project.