Regenerative Food Economies (Food and Farming)

Dissect the existing mainstream food economy and explore real-world practical alternatives.
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Starts 4 April 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). 


28 March 2022

About this course

New food economies pose a challenge to existing conventional food systems that deliver ‘cheap’ food while ignoring environmental, health and social costs. Students will explore alternative economic models and see how food systems can contribute to that and improve health. This module explores how much of our wealth comes ultimately from the soil and that, by nurturing soils, we can provide more resilient and sustainable food systems, healthier food, and regenerate local economies.

On this course you will:

  • To analyse the present food system throughout the world, particularly the UK’s role, and why it delivers under-priced food that makes us ill.
  • To explore how in a circular economy, economic activity builds and rebuilds system health, including eco-systems and human health.
  • To investigate how improving the soil eco-system can enhance natural capital for benefit of communities.
  • To evaluate how shorter food chains benefit both farm producers and food consumers
  • To create new avenues of funding, public and private, to introduce innovative approaches, including regenerative food and farm practices, which enhance soil, water, biodiversity and human health.

    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 3 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 second 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 4–15 April 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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