Two new courses this month: goat husbandry and decorative rope-work. Next month sees another two new ones: how to use a scythe and organic vegetable-growing. For the latter we have Pauline Pears as the tutor, from Garden Organic (used to be the Henry Doubleday Research Centre). There has been a strong revival of interest in growing unsprayed vegetables and most allotments have lists of people waiting to take over one. Here at Assington Mill, we share the old kitchen garden with four other families, in return for fresh produce for the course lunches.