The School of Artisan Food is based on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire in the heart of Sherwood Forest. It was set up as a not for profit organisation by a group of food enthusiasts who recognised the need to train new generations in the artisan food methods in danger of being lost or displaced by industrial food production. The school opened its doors in 2009 to teach practical food production skills as well as to research methods and traditions and explore their relevance today. The School offers a wide range of courses from introductory level to professional level in bakery, butchery, curing and smoking, pie, cheese and ice-cream making, pickling and preserving. There is an emphasis on tastes and processes such as fermentation which develop slowly and on awareness of the provenance of raw materials and the distinctive characteristics of food from different areas. The School also offers expert tuition for those considering setting up a food business or wishing to expand an existing enterprise. The School is dedicated to ‘producing good food from local resources and educating the people who will make a living in the sustainable food landscape of the future’.