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GetGrowing Residential Course @ Hagal Farm, West Cork
Apr 28 – May 1 all-day

Date:        28th April to May 1st  (Fri eve to Mon afternoon)
Location:  Hagal Farm, West Cork
Cost:         €95 per person*

* The course is taught free of charge; the cost of €95 is to cover the 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals and materials.

Following the success of last year’s Get Growing course in West Cork, GreenFriends Ireland is organizing another residential course for the May Bank Holiday weekend 2017.

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 Get Growing 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.


For any information and to sign up for the course please contact Sue Hinnell or Loraine at, mobile 085 749 0524 or 089 253 6880.

Weekend course on Sustainable Beekeeping @ Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm
May 13 – May 14 all-day

A new look at the relationship between humans and honey bees.In this course we take a hard look at how people manage honey bees and consider more natural ways to take care of them.

The course takes place at Ragmans Lane Farm, Ruardean, Forest of Dean GL17 9PA, UK

No previous knowledge of beekeeping is assumed. This course is run by Bees for development in co-operation with Ragmans Lane Farm a working and training farm run along permaculture design principles. The course will include practical and classroom sessions.

Course cost: £180 including VAT, covering all tuition, all (delicious) meals and refreshments. Shared accommodation is available if required, £15 supplement – please book separately.