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Course Detail Picture 1 This course is led by Dick Strawbridge.

About this course: The Eco-Engineering course is for practically minded people who have a bit of techy knowledge and know how. The course will involve taking an in depth look at all the renewable technology systems we have at Newhouse Farm: Solar PV & Solar Thermal, Wind power and Water, and Biodiesel.

There'll be practical demonstrations of all the systems combined with technical detail and explanations of how the systems work. You'll be able to discover the pros and cons of each system, work out how cost effective they will be, and ultimately decide which systems are right for you.

Course Detail Picture 3 By the end of the day you will leave the course equipped with all the knowledge you need to be able to confidently fit out your home: either by buying ready made kits or getting the bits and pieces and putting it together yourself.

A knowledge of DIY will definitely come in handy as will a basic understanding of electrics. If you're a complete beginner this isn't really a suitable course for you - a much more beginners friendly course is the Introduction to Sustainable Living.

Course Detail Picture 5 Lunch: You will be invited to join us for an organic and tasty Newhouse Farm lunch. Onmivores, vegetarians, vegans… everyone is catered for and we’ll guarantee there’ll be more than enough food to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites! Local ales, organic wines and cordials are also on offer. Lunch time is always a good opportunity to fire questions at Dick and get to meet the rest of the Newhouse Farm team.

Booking: If you'd like to book one of the dates above please email us at courses@newhousefarm.tv to register your interest. Payment details will be forwarded if an applicant is given a place. Full payment is required 21 days before the course date.

Price: Course prices are £165 (inc VAT).
In an attempt to make the course available to people on lower incomes, we offer a limited number of concessions. To apply for a concession please email us at courses@newhousefarm.tv

The course is held at Newhouse Farm in Cornwall. Full directions will be provided once payment has been cleared. We are a short distance from the local train station; transport can be arranged if necessary.

New for 2010, why not stay at Newhouse Farm in Holly's beautiful gypsy caravan? Visit www.gypsycaravanscornwall.co.uk for more information and to check availability. Alternative details of B&Bs in the village will be provided upon booking.

What you need to bring:
Newhouse Farm is a working smallholding with plenty of mud, uneven ground and nettles. So please bring sensible footwear (wellies or trainers are good but definitely no flip flops). Also as we cannot guarantee the weather so a raincoat or umbrella could come in handy too.

Newhouse Farm Course days are typically organised as follows:



0930 - 1000

Course meets with organic tea, coffee and nibbles

1000 - 1230

Introduction, theory (!), and practical demonstrations

1230 - 1330

Lunch break - you are invited to join us. We are never sure how many people will be there - long arms are an advantage!

1330 - 1630

More theory and practical work

1630 - 1730

Tea, coffee and more nibbles - an opportunity to discuss individual projects.

1730 ish

Course disperses

'Tell me,
I'll forget;

Explain to me,
I'll remember;

Involve me,
I'll understand'