Plant it grow it harvest it eat it
The burgeoning interest in growing your own food may be recent, but Klaus Laitenberger has more than twenty years' experience to share. Drawing on his years working as Head Gardener at the Organic Centre in Co. Leitrim, and restoring the garden at Lissadell House, Co. Sligo, Klaus has distilled his first-hand knowledge into an essential primer on growing vegetables for food, aimed at first time and experienced gardeners, called Vegetables For the Irish Garden (read more). Although our climate is broadly similar to that in the UK, there are subtle differences that you are not likely to glean from books aimed at the UK market; Klaus's book is written specifically for sowing and planting, harvesting and storing vegetables in Ireland.
Klaus will be signing copies of his book at this event. Read a review by Jane Powers in the Irish Times, published Saturday, July 17, 2010.
Organised by Cultivate in association with The Village
NOTE: Past Course 2010 | Link to 2011 Course
20th - 29th August 2010 | The Village, Cloughjordan, Tipperary, Ireland | Booking 01 674 5773 | Attending? Check out the new site that supports this PDC!
The Permaculture Design Course in Cloughjordan offers the unique opportunity to learn permaculture embedded in a real living community. Tutors include: Graham Strouts, Kinsale College of Further Education; Albert Bates of the Farm, Tennessee; Klaudia Van Gool, UK Permaculture Teacher; Richard Doutwaite, Feasta; Davie Philip and Ben Whelan of Cultivate.
Permaculture equips you with the skills needed to thrive in the new millennium. The certificate course is probably the most important training that anyone involved in Transition or building sustainable community could take. This is a fully accredited seventy-two hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course.
The Permaculture Design Course in Cloughjordan offers the unique opportunity to learn permaculture embedded in a real living community. Tutors include: Graham Strouts of Kinsale College of Further Education, Suzie Cahn of Carraig Dúlra, Hannah Mole, and Davie Philip and Ben Whelan of Cultivate.
Smart design for living and working together
August 2012 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary
Join us for this unique opportunity, offered every year in August, to learn invaluable design and practical skills embedded in an active ecovillage and vibrant community.
Led by US Permaculture Teacher, Albert Bates, from The Farm, Tennessee
Join Albert Bates, awarded the Gaia 2012 Award, accompanied by gardening, farming, perma-facture, social permaculture and green building experts resident in the ecovillage for this unique opportunity to learn invaluable design and practical skills. This is Cultivate's 5th consecutive year holding the Full (UK Permaculture Assocation accredited) Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") Course at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
With Graham Bell, Jillian Hovey, Mark Boyle & Resident Experts
Join Graham Bell, author of The Permaculture Garden and The Permaculture Way, Jillian Hovey, founder of the Sustainable Living Network, Mark Boyle, aka 'The Moneyless Man' and the ecovillage's resident experts of permaculture, gardening, farming, perma-facture and green building for this unique, yearly opportunity to learn invaluable design and practical skills. This is Cultivate's 6th consecutive year holding the UK Permaculture Association accredited Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") Course at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
This PDC is organised by Cultivate in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Village Education Research and Training (VERT) at The Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The venue for indoor sessions is the new enterprise centre (also known as a FabLab), WeCreate. See photos of previous courses here.
This course is full-time (and "full-on") from Friday evening (starting with dinner around 6pm) until the following Sunday afternoon (around 4pm) | Find presentations, links and other resources on Our Permaculture Resource Site.
Transition Town Cloughjordan, the Village and Cultivate in association with CELT, Muintir na Coille, One World Sounds and you… present
Reskilling - A Transition Gathering
21st - 23rd August 2009 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage | North Tipperary
A Transition gathering offering a taste of community living for three days in the summer with the opportunity to learn some vital new skills in Permaculture, horticulture, community gardens, natural building and a number of crafts and trades. With workshops in many essential skills, a mix of short talks, film screenings, activities for kids and some evening celebration with DJ Will Softly, we have the perfect environment to learn, share, network and build our capacity to thrive in a very uncertain future.
‘On spaceship earth there are no passengers, only crew’
This event is based on ideas and processes for gatherings based on participation. The small event will be, in many ways, self organising with participants taking responsibility for the upkeep of the environment, their camp and their food. As they say at Burning Man – No Spectators!
There will be spaces on a number of two day craft and trade workshops. These will include, dry-stone wall construction, bridge building, fencing and hedges, herblore, cob ovens and more. The cost for participants of these workshops will be €130 which includes materials, two nights camping and access to other talks, films and the evening celebration.
Many people will come for just the talks and short workshops and the experience of community life. A €30 or a €50 family ticket will give you access to the campsite, a number of short workshops and talks, Village tours, films and the evening celebrations on the Saturday night.
For details on the full immersive course which will take place over the weekend Reskilling and continues for the whole week see below.
Immersive Powerdown and Permaculture Course
WARNING: This course will change your life.
21st - 30th August 2009 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage | North Tipperary
Organised by Cultivate in association with the Transition Towns Ireland Network and The Village.
This week long course features a full Permaculture Certificate Design course and the full Community Powerdown course delivered in the environment of sustainable community at Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The training focuses on the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems to provide a framework and guidance for people to develop their own sustainable solutions to the problems facing their world. This training is probably the most empowering anyone involved in Transition or developing sustainable community could take.
Topics include... Ecological Thinking * Energy * Passive Solar Design * Natural Building * Permaculture Principles * Community Design * Energy * Resilience Thinking * Natural and Human Systems * Forest Gardens * Energy Descent Planning * Charcoal Making * Local Economics * Eco-village Design * Transition Towns * Bioregionalism
Tutors include: Graham Strouts, Kinsale College of Further Education, Davie Philip of the Irish Transition Network, Albert Bates of the Farm, Tennessee, and Klaudia van Gool, UK Permaculture teacher. Plus many of Irelands leading sustainability thinkers.
The price is €550 with a 10% concession for Cultivate, Transition and Village members. This price includes camping and a light lunch each day. Accommodation in Cloughjordan can be arranged.
Friday 5th June 2009 | 7pm | €10 | Cloughjordan | Co. Tipperary
The Friday evening will start with a tour of the 65 acre eco-village site focusing on its Permaculture design features.
This will be followed by a public talk by Graham Strouts on Forest Gardens and a screening of ‘Its All Connected’ from The Powerdown Show that explores whole systems thinking and Permaculture
Friday 5th (Evening), Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of June 2009 | Cloughjordan | Co Tipperary | Bookings: 01 674 5773 | €110 includes tuition, materials and lunches but does not include accommodation | 20% discount for Village and Cultivate members | Camping and limited accommodation is available. Only 20 places available. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns. It uses the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems to provide a framework and guidance for people to develop their own sustainable solutions to the problems facing their world, on a local, national or global scale. It is based on the philosophy of co-operation with nature and caring for the earth and its people. Permaculture is not a set of rules; it is a process of design based around principles found in the natural world, of co-operation and mutually beneficial relationships, and translating these principles into actions.
The weekend course is a 'stand alone' introduction to Permaculture ethics, principles and design, and will act as a perfect lead-in to the more in-depth, full 72-hour Permaculture Design Course that will be held at the end of August.
Organised by Cultivate, Transition Cloughjordan and the Village Education, Research and Training Group.
Saturday 16th May | 11am - 5pm | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | €85 | 10% discount for Cultivate members | Bookings: 01 674 5773 | This workshop is limited to 16 participants, so please book early
This workshop is designed to get even the most inexperienced beginners as well as seasoned gardeners growing to kick start their food garden. All garden sizes will be catered for, whether you have acres of space or just a couple of small containers on a balcony. Erik will take you through everything from garden planning to harvesting, preparing you for an abundance of beautiful home grown food that will help keep you healthy throughout the year (not to mention, cutting your food bills considerably too!).
ALSO INCLUDED: • 20% off all gardening products on the day • Massive discount on all Gardening books from the Cultivate Shop • 2 cuttings to take home from the award-winning Cultivate Learning Garden.