Sustainable Living:
‘Sustainable living’ skills and practices can be applied to almost every part of our lives, some more achievable than others, all have many benefits and even the little changes we make can make a big difference collectively.

It can daunting to re-consider our lifestyles and try to live sustainably; switching from convenience and fast-living to more environmentally aware choices can take a big effort, however the more enjoyable and rewarding these changes are the more sustainable they become.  We aim at Mantel Farm to show you how simple lifestyle changes such as keeping a few chickens in your garden, generating your own power, and making your own hand-made items should not only be the sustainable choice but can be rewarding and enjoyable every step of the way.

Importance Of Living a Sustainable Life:
Sustainability is about making choices today that will positively impact us tomorrow. It is about considering our younger generations to ensure they have the opportunity to live in a safe and flourishing environment.

The choices we make today can reduce our individual and collective environmental impact.  By reconsidering our day to day lives and making positive changes we can help to reduce climate change and environmental damage.   There are so many small things that we can do around us to help to protect the planet; every lettuce grown on your windowsill or egg laid by your own chickens reduces the need for intensive farming practices, every time you support your local growers and makers reduces the dominance of our supermarkets, every beeswax wrap or beeswax candle used reduces plastic and chemicals in our home.  Our gardens can be a haven for wildlife with insect friendly flowers and nesting sites, used in a considered way they can be so productive but at the same time every bit as enjoyable whilst being shared with so many amazing and beneficial insects and animals.

Join us on our Sustainable Living Courses:
On our courses you will learn traditional country skills, from making a traditional sussex trug to learning how to identify and help the bees in your garden.  We can help you to keep your own livestock, from a hive of bees, a flock of chickens or a couple of pigs to produce you own food.  Our courses are held in small groups, making use of our indoor and outdoor training areas in and around our farm and converted poultry barn.

Off-grid Solar Shed Workshop


Available Dates:
Sun 3rd March 2024
Sat 1st June 2024
Sun 8th September 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Garden Chicken Keeping


Available Dates:
Sun 17th March 2024
Sat 11th May 2024
Sat 27th July 2024
Sun 27th October 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Willow plant supports workshop


Available Dates:
Sun 28th April 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Bee Craft Workshop


Available Dates:
Sat 16th March 2024
Sat 29th June 2024
Sat 19th October 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Make a Sussex Trug Weekend


Available Dates:
Sat 13th and Sun 14th April 2024
Sat 13th and Sun 14th July 2024

Please note our April course is now fully booked. Please contact us if you would like to be on a reserve list for this date.
Places are still available for July

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Bees in your Garden: A bee experience day


Available Dates:
Sun 12th May 2024
Sun 28th July 2024
Sun 15th September 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm