This Autumn (September–October 2017) the College for Real Farming and Food Culture is running two “extended seminars” on the ideas, attitudes, and methods needed to bring the world back from the brink and to lay the foundations for a long and glorious future – which, even at this late hour, is still (just) possible.

The first meeting, titled


takes place at THE CHISHOLME INSTITUTE on the Scottish Borders

from Wednesday 20 September to Saturday 24 September 2017.

The second


is at SCHUMACHER COLLEGE, Dartington, Devon

from Monday 16 October to Thursday 19 October 2017.

Both meetings will be led by Colin Tudge of the College for Real Farming and Food Culture, but each is conceived as a joint venture, with speakers both from our College and from our hosts. Both are conceived as “extended seminars”: everyone present – ideally between 12 and 20 participants – is encouraged to join the conversation. The grand theme – “A 21st Century Renaissance” – runs through both meetings. Both focus on food and farming – the most important things that we do, where humanity meets nature and all big ideas converge; but each begins with the premise that to put food and farming to rights we need to rethink everything from first principles – from the details of horticulture and upland sheep and the plight of lapwings, to the science and economic theory and political structure that are needed to support good practice, to the big questions that must underpin all human thought and action – those of morality and metaphysics.

The aim is not simply to chat, and to come away feeling good (though that’s part of the point!) but in each case to ask: what really needs to be done and what can we do? The general answer is that we can do a very great deal and a lot of people all over the world are already on the case. The grand Renaissance that the world needs must be spearheaded by an Agrarian Renaissance and all great and lasting change must be led by us – people at large.

Chisholme and Schumacher are both set in beautiful countryside, of very different character. Further details are on their respective websites: