getgrowing May West Cork-2016

GreenFriends Ireland are happy to announce another residential GetGrowing course in at Hagal Farm, West Cork April 29th eve to Mon May 2nd 2016.

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What it is: 


GetGrowing is a hands-on course that teaches how to grow your own, healthy food easily and successfully in whatever space you have available – be it a piece of land, garden, paved yard or balcony. 

The popular course concentrates on the most useful methods to start an organic vegetable garden from scratch, how to sow and plant, care for, feed and protect vegetable plants in harmony with nature. At the same time it provides the basic insight and understanding for raising healthy and vigorous plants year after year. Topics include garden design, crop rotation, beds and container systems, feeding your soil, composting, natural pest control and much more. 

The teaching is accompanied by a 100-pages, fully coloured, step by step manual to serve as a reference guide and to refresh and deepen what you have learned during the course. 


How it came about: 

The GetGrowing project was developed in 2010 by non-professional volunteers in the spirit of service to society with the aim to help people to be more self-reliant and to be able to grow at least part of their food. It has since spread to many different countries. 


Who it is for: 


The course is meant for beginners or improvers but is also suitable for people who already have knowledge and experience and wish to pass it on by becoming a teacher themselves. 


Lovely West Cork




We planted 603 native Irish trees, on land donated by Paddy

Heres some footage


This Christmas while visiting the wonderful Amritapuri in Kerala , headquarters of Embracing the World NGO , I had the pleasure of teaching GetGrowing to an eclectic bunch of up and coming gardeners.


GetGrowing is a wonderful way to learn how to grow organic vegetables with no prior experience necessary. The GetGrowing course has been translated into French German and Italian so far and is taught in a number of countries worldwide.

Course attendees can become GetGrowing teachers once they have a little experience, and we teach this course for free ! Costs associated with the course are passed onto the attendees, so generally the price is very low.


All food and other green waste from the 4000 residents at Amritapuri get composted at a local composting facility, where they can make compost in 2 months


As part of the course we visited the amazing vermi composting facility at Amritapuri, this facility is approx 50m x 20m and takes finished and filtered compost and using tiger worms , converts it into super vermi compost !


Worms !


Were planning a few more GetGrowing courses in Europe this spring, look out for courses in Cork Ireland , possibly UK and maybe even somewhere else.

If you’d like us to come and teach at a venue near you, please let us know !


Permaculture Course

@ The Hollies Centre

with Warren Brush

Internationally Renowned Permaculture Educator

Co-Founder of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm

www.quailsprings.org and www.casitasvalley.com


1st Day: Lessons of applied Permaculture from around the world

2nd Day: Urban Permaculture and Bio-Intensive Gardening

3rd Day: Patterns in Teaching for Permaculture and Beyond

Learn hands-on techniques for regenerative design and sustainable living.

Get inspired by one of the most experienced permaculture designers and educators

Time: 4 – 6 September 2015 Cost: € 90 per day

                                                            all 3 days: € 210

at The Hollies, near Enniskeane, West Cork

For bookings phone: 023 – 8847001

or e-mail: info@thehollies.ie website: thehollies.ie

Permaculture Around the World and at HOME.

The unfolding journey that is bringing sustainability to the worlds doorstep


Evening Talk in Cork – Thursday, September 3, 2015, 19.00 – UCC, Boole 1 Lecture Theatre


Join international permaculture educator, mentor and storyteller, Warren Brush, for an inspiring evening of stories and images that will take you on a journey into his extensive peace-nurturing work through the worldwide Permaculture movement that brings sustainable and equitable living to people and communities at home in Ireland as well as in Africa, America, Australia, the Middle East, and the rest of Europe.

From rural villages in Africa to the largest cities in the world, Permaculture is creating sustainable human settlements through the conscious application of pattern design. From home kitchen gardens to broad conservation projects, from small holder farms to multi enterprise commercial farming, Permaculture offers a design methodology that aligns our systems of living with natural systems for ecologic, social, cultural and economic efficiency, resilience and stability.

Warren will share a hopeful vision for our future that derives from his experiences and understandings gained from his lifelong work in sustainable settlement design, the mentoring of youth and adults, the learning from indigenous elders and cultures, working with child soldiers and distressed communities around Africa, and educating people around the world in how to live in a sustainable manner in a way that is both equitable, resilient and beautiful.

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To learn more about Warrens work, please visit:

www.quailsprings.org   www.sustainablevocations.org www.permaculturedesign.us www.casitasvalley.com

Time:                         Thursday, September 3rd at 19.00

Location:     University College Cork (UCC), Boole 1 Lecture Theatre

Website:       www.thehollies.ie        

Contact:      email: emaccuirc@gmail.com mobile: (086) 4535741

Meelin ….

Heres a few clips of our trip to Clare