Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This is a talk in two halves. It first explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction.

The focus then shifts to how humans have adapted this bountiful heritage. We explore why, where and how agriculture was invented, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “.

The talk should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden

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Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Story of the Universe

  • Vicarage Street Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever wondered how it all got started? This six-week course covers it all: from the Big Bang, through the first stars, to life on Earth and our own evolution. Get ready for an exhilarating journey!

Further details: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2019/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3530655

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Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. 

It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

The Human Story Day School

If you've ever wished you had a better grasp of the broad sweep and patterns of human history, then this is the course for you. We'll be covering the whole span of history while asking, and trying to answer, some big questions.

Why, for example, did our ancestors survive when our cousins, the Neanderthals, became extinct? Why were plants domesticated in some places but not others?  Why did many places in different parts of the world experience very similar processes of urbanisation, centralisation of power and empire building? And why, in the nineteenth century, did Britain become the dominant global power rather than, say, China.

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2018/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3530252

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Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. 

It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

Further details: Alan Lewis Tel: 01643 821236 Non-members £1 on door

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Cosmology

During the last century cosmologists came to the seemingly bizarre conclusion that the Universe began in a ‘Big Bang’ 13.8 billion years ago.  We’ll begin by discovering what drove them to this odd idea, and how it built upon the 500 years of experiment and discovery sparked into life by thinkers such as Copernicus and Galileo.

After lunch we’ll explore the modern understanding of the Cosmic story - how primordial hydrogen has been transformed into stars, galaxies, elements and ultimately complex beings such as ourselves, capable of reflecting on the whole process.

We conclude by addressing the current mysteries of dark energy and dark matter.

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2018/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3530226

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

From Seed to Fork Day School

This is a day school in two halves. In the morning we explore the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction.

In the afternoon the focus shifts to how humans have adapted this bountiful heritage. We discover why, where and how agriculture was invented, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. We continue with an overview of the key discoveries and different approaches to food growing in places as diverse as China, the Americas, the Islamic World and Britain. We culminate with the revolutionary changes of the Twentieth Century and the challenges and possibilities of the future.

https://fromecommed.org.uk/courses/id/from-seed-to-fork

Or phone 01373 455420 book a place

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Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

An Introduction to Cosmology

During the last century cosmologists came to the seemingly bizarre conclusion that the Universe began in a ‘Big Bang’ 13.8 billion years ago.  We’ll begin by discovering what drove them to this odd idea, and how it built upon the 500 years of experiment and discovery sparked into life by thinkers such as Copernicus and Galileo.

After lunch we’ll explore the modern understanding of the Cosmic story - how primordial hydrogen has been transformed into stars, galaxies, elements and ultimately complex beings such as ourselves, capable of reflecting on the whole process.

We conclude by addressing the current mysteries of dark energy and dark matter.

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2018/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3530239

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Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork Evening Class

  • School Rooms beneath Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a course in two halves. For the first three weeks we explore the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction.

After half term the focus shifts to how humans have adapted this bountiful heritage. We discover why, where and how agriculture was invented, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “.  We continue with an overview of the key discoveries and different approaches to food growing in places as diverse as China, the Americas, the Islamic World and Britain. We culminate with the revolutionary changes of the Twentieth Century and the challenges and possibilities of the future.

Runs Wednesdays until 13th March. No session on 20th February

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2018/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3530243

Or phone 0300 303 3464 to book a place

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Jan
21
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history“. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history“. 

It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Sep
26
3:00 PM15:00

The Human Story: from subsistence tribes to global village

If you've ever wished you had a better grasp of the broad sweep and patterns of human history, then this is the course for you. We'll be covering the whole span of history while asking, and trying to answer, some big questions.

Why, for example, did our ancestors survive when our cousins, the Neanderthals, became extinct? Why were plants domesticated in some places but not others?  Why did many places in different parts of the world experience very similar processes of urbanisation, centralisation of power and empire building? And why, in the nineteenth century, did Britain become the dominant global power rather than, say, China.

We'll conclude by exploring some of the big themes of the twentieth century, how they are affecting the present and how they might play out in the future.

Starts: Wednesday September 26th 3-5pm for 8 weeks

Location: The Shambles, Market House, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH

Cost: £80

Enrol: In person at the Market House or phone 01963 359631 (open Mon-Sat 9.30-12 noon)

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Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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