Establishing Your Own Food Enterprise (Food and Farming)

Design and develop a regenerative enterprise as a food producer.
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Starts 16 May 2022


Nathan Einbinder, Caroline Aitken, Charlie Clutterbuck and guest lecturers


Fully online, with an option of a two-week residential at Schumacher College (see ‘residential option’, below)


Unaccredited: £1,500 (or £150 deposit, with the outstanding balance payable at the booking deadline specifed below). 


9 May 2022

About this course

This module examines the design and development of a regenerative food/farm enterprise, as a food producer-led activity. It will show how value can be added with innovation when production systems can be linked more directly with consumers. It will explore different models of social/ecological/regenerative enterprises and the process of enterprise design. This is to provide a framework to go on and design an enterprise, whether starting or scaling up, using market research, networks and social media.

On this course you will learn:

  • To identify the economic and political feasibility of setting up a regenerative enterprise, and barriers to investment.
  • To develop an understanding of the structure and content of ‘new’ enterprises, and their application to local and food production systems further afield.
  • To evaluate different models of social/ecological/cooperative/company regenerative enterprises
  • To create an enterprise, whether starting or scaling up, taking in funding, marketing and networks.
  • To work with partners to innovate ways of funding sources that can help invest in an enterprise.

    Who is it for?

    This course is for anyone looking to bring in regenerative thinking to their own current projects or wishing to gain skills and knowledge to help them start working in this area. Some examples of roles and sectors participants might expect to use this course to help move into include: 

    • Regenerative farming advisor or consultant
    • Regenerative farm manager or owner
    • Small business owner or advisor involved in the regenerative food system

      This course is based on Module 2 of the Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise Master’s and can be taken as a non-accredited short course. Find out more about the full programme via this link.

    How it works: non-accredited short course

    Simply book in the usual way: head to the ‘book now‘ section, and you can choose to pay the full fee or an £150 deposit at checkout.

    There are no specific entry requirements for the unaccredited course, though it is important to note that this course is taught at postgraduate level. Take a look at the pre-course reading list to get a feel for whether the course is for you.

    residential option

    This course is the fourth module of the Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise postgraduate qualification, and you are welcome to study on-site alongside students taking it as part of their postgraduate studies. This option involves living and working on-site for the first two weeks of the course. The residential dates are 16–27 May 2022.

    You can do this if you are taking either the accredited or non-accredited course.

    A limited number of rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Private, basic accommodation starts at £320/week, on top of the course fee. Once you have a confirmed place on the course, please complete an accommodation request form to see if you can take up this option.


    Nathan Einbinder

    Nathan is course lead for Regenerative Food and Farming postgraduate programmes. Before arriving at Schumacher, Nathan taught geography at San Diego State University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

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    Caroline Aitken

    Caroline Aitken

    Caroline is a lecturer on our Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise postgraduate programme. She is also director of Whitefield Permaculture, an adult education and land design consultancy based in Devon.

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    Charlie teaches on our Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise postgraduate programme. He is an expert on soil health, and how soil life is crucial to healthy ecosystems.

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