Courses

GORTBRACK ORGANIC FARM & KERRY EARTH EDUCATION PROJECT

WORKSHOPS 2017

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workshops 2017

WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS

  • PLANTING NATIVE HEDGEROWS, WOODLANDS & WIND SHELTERS:  In this 6 hours workshop you will learn why native woodlands make excellent winter shelters that enhance biodiversity and protect your garden. You will also learn how to lay and maintain hedgerows in a sustainable way.Tea/coffee provided, just bring a packed lunch.
  • INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC GARDENING: Learn the basics of what’s involved in organic gardening in the South West of Ireland with Ian McGrigor, over 30 years of organic gardening experience. Tea/coffee provided.
  • POLYTUNNEL GROWING: Learn how to make the best of a polytunnel which could provide you with sustainable crops all year round. Tea/coffee provided.
  • CONTAINER GROWING AND UP-CYCLING: Learn how to up-cycle containers of all kind and how to grow your organic vegetables in them. Tea/coffee provided.
  • THE ORGANIC GARDEN IN SUMMER: This workshop will prepare you to manage your summer organic garden, both indoor and outdoor growing, and maximize your harvest. Tea/coffee provided.
  • GET A 10% DISCOUNT WHEN YOU BOOK 4 OR MORE WORKSHOPS TOGETHER!

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April, May and June Workshops 2016

Sunday 15th of May: Early Summer Foraging Workshop

Learn how to forage and cook wild food with Darach Ó Murchú (As seen on TG4). The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to to identifying, gathering and using wild plants as food. The workshop will run from 10 am to 2.30 pm at Gortbrack Organic Farm and the cost is €60. For bookings please contact Darach on 087 2153758 or Niamh on 086 7247066 or e-mail darach@inmyelement.ie

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Booking required, contact us on 087 9246968 or e-mail gortbrackorg@gmail.com

 

March 2016 Workshops

INTRODUCTION TO HEDGE-LAYING
SATURDAY 5TH
10 AM – 1 PM, €30
TUTOR: IAN McGRIGOR
Learn how to lay and maintain hedgerows in a sustainable way.

BOOKINGS: E-mail gortbrackorg@gmail.com or call/text Ian to 087 9246968 or Barbara to 087 6683037.

WILLOW WEEKEND 12TH – 13TH MARCH

BASKET MAKING
SATURDAY 12TH
10 AM – 4 PM, €70
TUTOR: KATRIN SCHWART
Make your own willow basket to take home! All materials included, tea/coffee provided, just bring a packed lunch.

WILLOW SCULPTURES
SUNDAY 13TH
10.30 AM – 3 PM, €50
TUTOR: IAN McGRIGOR
Learn how to create living willow sculptures for your garden. All materials included, tea/coffee provided, just bring a packed lunch.

BOOKINGS: E-mail gortbrackorg@gmail.com or call/text Ian to 087 9246968 or Barbara to 087 6683037.

Book both willow workshops and get 10% discount. Accommodation available on site in our self-catering eco-cabins.

WILD FOOD FORAGING, EARLY SPRING
SUNDAY 20TH
10 AM – 2.30 PM, €60 
TUTOR: DARACH Ó MURCHÚ
The first of a series of three foraging workshops based at Gortbrack. Learn how to forage and cook wild food available from early spring to early summer. Next workshop dates: Sunday April 24th and May 15th. Get €30 discount when booking all three foraging workshops for €150. 

BOOKINGS: E-mail darach@inmyelement.ie or call/text Darach on 087 2153758 or Niamh on 086 7247066.

 

 

January & February 2016 Workshops

Tutor: Ian McGrigor

PLAN AND DESIGN AN ORGANIC GARDEN

Saturday, January 16th
Time: 10.00 – 13.00
Fee: €30

Plan and design your organic garden understanding fundamentals like perimeter, position, soil, biodiversity, size and crop expectations.

PREPARING THE GARDEN FOR SPRING

Saturday, January 30th
Time: 10.00 – 13.00
Fee: €30

Get your garden ready for spring with the right crop planning, organic soil preparation, companion plants and much more.

INTRODUCTION TO COPPICING

Saturday, February 13th
Time: 10.30 – 16.00
Fee: €50

Traditional woodland management that allows stumps to regenerate for a number of years and then harvesting the resulting stems.

 INTRODUCTION TO HEDGE-LAYING 

Saturday, March 5th (Rescheduled date)
Time: 10.00 – 13.00
Fee: €30

Learn how to lay and manage the growth of hedgerows on a sustainable way.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: gortbrackorg@gmail.com / 087 9246968 (Ian) / 087 6683037 (Barbara)

 

Organic Christmas Wreath Making

Saturday, December 5thwillow wreath oval
10.30—1 pm
Tutor: Ian McGrigor
Fee: €25

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: gortbrackorg@gmail.com / 087 9246968 (Ian) / 087 6683037 (Barbara)

 

Autumn 2015

Organic Gardening: Soft Fruit & OrchardOrchard

Saturday, October 24th
10.30—12.30
Tutor: Ian McGrigor
Fee: €30

Learn about planting soft fruits, their health/environmental benefits and how to create your own orchard with native fruit trees.

Seaweed Foraging & Tasting collage

Saturday, October 31st
11.00 – 16.00
Tutor: John Fitzgerald
Fee: €70

Learn how to identify, store and prepare these wonderful sea vegetables. The workshop includes an introduction with slideshow at Gortbrack Organic Farm, a foreshore walk and a 12 course tasting feast with dishes all prepared with seaweed, glass of elderflower and sugar kelp champagne, ID chart and recipe booklet.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: gortbrackorg@gmail.com / 087 9246968 (Ian) / 087 6683037 (Barbara)

Hope to see you in October!

If there are any courses you would like to see happening at Gortbrack – let us know!

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