Courses and Events 2022

Community Gardening Day

Thursdays 10am – 5pm

Join us when we work together in the garden every Thursday. Get your hands in the soil, learn about gardening and enjoy a taster of community farm life. We will provide lunch.

Please contact us in advance to let us know you’re coming.

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Pop up Gaeltacht

Thursdays 6.15pm – 7.15pm

Join us in our cosy yurt for tea and biscuits and chats as gaeilge. All levels welcome. If you don’t feel confident in your Irish speaking ability, you are welcome to come and listen. You might surprise yourself!

Is fearr Gaeilge briste, na Bearla cliste.

Grow your Own Vegetables

March 12th – October 15th
8 Saturday workshops spread over the growing season

Facilitator: Siobhán Lavelle

Time: 11:00 – 15:30

Cost:

€15 to €35 per workshop pay as you go

€120 – €210 for entire course if booked before 1st of March (25% discount)

€120 – 260 for entire course if paid on 12th of March (10% discount)

Sliding scale is to accommodate people on lower incomes. Please pay what you can afford to help balance out costs.

Barter offers may be accepted. Please contact us to discuss this option.

Learn how to grow your own nutritious, chemical free vegetables from seed to harvest. Grow vegetables with less effort by working with nature’s systems.

Practical, hands-on, interactive workshops in a relaxed, friendly setting.

What you will learn:

  • Sowing seeds – various methods
  • Understanding and improving your soil
  • Transplanting seedlings correctly
  • Inexpensive, natural home remedies for pest and disease problems
  • No dig gardening
  • Companion planting and polyculture
  • Natural, low maintenance weed control
  • Annual vegetables, perennial vegetables and herbs

Dates:

  • March 12th
  • April 9th
  • May 14th
  • June 11th
  • July 23rd
  • August 20th
  • September 17th
  • October 15th

Food: Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. We will break for lunch between 13:00 and 13:30.

About the facilitator:

Siobhán is a qualified horticulturist who has been growing vegetables for 10+ years and teaching horticulture for 5 years. She is a diploma candidate with the UK Permaculture Association.

She is passionate about empowering people to grow their own food and about finding ways to make food production easier by understanding and working with nature.

Month by month plan

This plan is provisional, subject to weather and the pace the group and the plants are moving at. We will be growing and caring for crops in real time and responding to whatever issues arise as we go.

March

Seed sowing (indoors)

Watering

Understanding soil

Finding and creating micro-climates

April

Creating no-dig beds

Seed sowing (outdoors)

Potting on

Planting potatoes

May

Planting out

Companion planting

Crop rotation

Beneficial plants and insects

Building support structures for peas and beans

Minimum effort weed control

June

Natural pest and disease control

Mulching

Chop and drop

Harvesting

Successional sowing

July

Perennial vegetables

Uses of weeds

Ongoing plant care

August

More on pest and disease control

Choosing vegetable varieties

Ongoing plant care

September

Overwinter crops

Composting

Combining vegetables with trees

October

Green manures

Seed saving

Harvest and celebration

Foraging Walk

Saturday May 28th

Facilitator: Siobhán Lavelle

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Cost: €10 – €25

Sliding scale is to accommodate people on lower incomes. Please pay what you can afford to help balance out costs.

Barter offers may be accepted. Please call us to discuss this option

In this workshop, you will learn how to identify and use some of the food and medicine that grows in abundance in the hedges, fields and gardens around us.

About the facilitator

Siobhan is a qualified horticulturist with 10+ years’ experience. She has been foraging on a daily basis for 3 years, making her own herbal remedies and obtaining a portion of her diet from wild plants.

Spring – Summer 2022

Watch this space for upcoming courses in forest gardening and permaculture.

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