Garden Week, May

Saturday, 18th May, 2024 09:00
Saturday, 25th May, 2024 14:00


Volunteer in the Chisholme Garden

The beautiful walled kitchen garden is a central part of the life of Chisholme. Throughout the year a succession of vegetables and fruit is produced for the Chisholme Kitchen. The Journey from earth to plant to kitchen to food on the table, is an essential part of the education at Chisholme, and given respect at each stage. The (nearly) organic garden is a place of beauty and birdsong and hard work and enjoyment, and students and volunteers are invited participate in this.

There will be volunteer weeks and fortnights throughout the spring and summer.

During this week we’ll will finish planting the main crops in the garden: more root veg, peas and beans, salads and flowers for cutting. There’ll be lots to do in the tunnels: harvesting, successional sowings of salad crops, planting summer crops – tomatoes and courgettes and keeping everywhere weeded and tidy. A beautiful time of year in the Scottish Borders, everywhere greening up – come and join in!

During the volunteer weeks you will be invited to join in the full life of Chisholme. There is a daily programme of meditation, meals, work periods and study sessions during the week to which everybody is invited. On these volunteer weeks, work periods will focus on the Kitchen Garden, but work in the house, kitchen or forestry is also an option.

We ask for a small contribution towards the basic cost of your stay on a pay-as-you-can basis with the suggestion of £15 per night (£10 for students).

You may also pay-it-forward to benefit those needing support in order to come to Chisholme.

For more information and to book your stay please email Sarah at
or give us a call on +44 (0)1450 880 215

Note: Following the Garden Week you may wish to stay on for the bank holiday weekend and join this short study course:



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