Alternative Skills Fair


It’s back! Join us this May for a day celebrating and inspiring ways of living a low impact lifestyle. There will be stalls and practical demonstrations from local crafts and tradespeople, plus talks, hands-on workshops and practical guidance from experts, all aimed at inspiring us to learn new sustainable skills and reduce our environmental footprint.

The event is FREE for all, with plenty of free parking on the site and dogs are welcome in our grounds (please avoid taking them into the Barn or Cantina). La Cantina Cafe will be open all day serving a wide range of refreshments and treats.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the fair, please contact for further information.

Here are the CONFIRMED SPEAKERS SO FAR…with lots more to be announced

10.15am  Gwenen Apiaries – Cornish Black Honey Bee 

Rodger Dewhurst has been keeping bees since he was 12 yrs old. He now teaches Beekeeping at Duchy College, is part of the wider Cornish B4 project, working to preserve the native Cornish Black Honey Bee. Through studying his own bees Rodger has published findings on the Cornish bees’ disease tolerance and behavioral adaptation specifically to varroa. Rodger will be giving an in depth talk on the traits of the Cornish black honey bee.

11am  Paul Sousek – Bude Food Assembly

There are over 80 Food Assemblies across the UK, helping customers to buy food direct from local farmers and producers, in what’s effectively an online farmers market. Paul Sousek set up Bude Food Assembly 2 and a half years ago, with over 1100 families as members and working with 30+ local food producers, offering  around 500 food products.

Customers who order produce through the Bude Food Assembly pick up fresh food, produced within 15 miles of Bude. They get to meet the producers who benefit from the sales by receiving more of the profits compared with selling through a wholesaler or supermarket. There’s less waste as produce is made or picked to order, preserves skills in the area and keeps money in the local economy.

Paul will be talking about how Bude Food Assembly came to be and how anyone can set up a Food Assembly in their town!

1pm  Marie and Sylvia – Tree Of Life Organics
Marie and Sylvia set up Tree Of Life Organics in St Agnes in 1996, growing organic vegetables which then grew into a veg box scheme and then on to horsebox holidays.

Marie now runs Volunteer Fridays at the Eco Park, working with a team of volunteers growing fruit and vegetables for the Cantina Café in the allotments on site.

Join Marie on a tour of the Eco Park grounds to see the work and growing the Volunteers have been up to so far this year.