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

Hi All

First , make a nice strong wooden fence, I used old scaffold planks which were the cheapest source of wood.

IMG_0099I covered the fence with a plastic liner, so that the damp soil would not rot the wood so quickly, and give a longer life to the fence.

IMG_0105I used a staple gun to fix plastic in space.

Then attach on first piece of wood for front of fence

IMG_0113At this point I’d recommend placing a plastic protection to cover the planting space, to stop the soil falling out, once youre ready to put a plant in the wall you can just tear a planting hole.

IMG_0126I left 1 brick space for planting between each board

IMG_0116Fill inside with Soil as you go up , and keep pre-lining the planting spaces with plastic ( we also used cardboard on the lowest row )

IMG_0121This is how it looks from the front

IMG_0124Finally when we reached the top, we cut away excess plastic, to make it look nice, and left the top row, like a normal planting box, for some herbs and salad


IMG_0137I’ve filled the wall with salad herbs and strawberries ! will keep you posted on how it all goes

Vertical garden fence project , took longer than planned but has become the wall to end all walls.