#OURganic Growers 

Grow Your Own Food Course

Join us for a six week course on local food growing and gain the skills you need to grow your own in your community 

To book a place on a course simply select a day and time below that suits you 

We have selected dates and times that will hopefully suit .

We will follow up these courses with a view on demand course available at a later date . 

Join us for a special six week course on growing your own food . Learn the basics of growing food , building soil fertility , managing pests and diseases and more . All in a group setting building community online . 

 

This will be a food growing course that will focus on not only growing food for the beginners (see below for course content )  but it will also focus on our own local food growing system - we will discuss what the food system looks like in your local area , what it looked like 50 years ago and indeed what you want it to look like in 50 years time . 

And we will do this together . Connecting in a new way to help us Grow a new normal. 

Each session will last approx 1 & 3/4 hours and there will be some course work to do during this time - this is not an accredited course but a certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant at the end . 

 

The core subjects we will learn during the six weeks will be : 

 

  •  Week one - Welcome and Introductions - Show us your garden or share your garden story 

    • Our local food system - How does it work ​

    • A look at Garden styles / techniques / approaches 

    • Making a plan for your garden 

  • Week 2 - Getting down to earth ! : A look at out soil and the importance of looking after it and understanding it 

    • What is soil

    • Soil analysis​ , structure and texture

    • Organic Matter - What is it and where to source it in your area

  • Week 3 - A look at our garden plans , the set up and the story 

    • Nutrients in our soil and how to optimise growth in you garden

    • Deficiencies and how to fix them 

    • Making Compost 

    • The importance of pH 

  • Week 4 - It starts with the seed -The importance of seeds 

    • selecting and storing your seed ​

    • vegetable families and seed identification 

    • Sowing seeds and minding your seedlings

    • Sourcing seeds - where seed comes from , how it is processed and how the seed companies we affected during Covid 19

    • Local seed saving organisations in Ireland 

    • How we all can help save seeds in our communities 

  • Week 5 - Weeds , Pests and Diseases 

    • A look at whats in our gardens ​

    • Top 5 in your area - identification and natural remedies 

    • Q & A on what we find 

  • Week 6 - Becoming the constant gardener 

    • Reflecting on your growing success to date ​

    • Sharing your produce / surplus within your community 

    • The ripple effect - the opportunities for small scale local food growing in times of uncertainty 

    • Next steps as a grower and as a community - Get involved !

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