#OURganic Growers 

Online Courses

spring 2021 courses
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Introduction to growing your own food

Spring 2021 course have started - New Course Dates Added  


Facilitated by experienced gardener 
Joanne Butler and streamed live every week at the same time through Zoom

Courses cost €40.00 per person for  our complete course including course notes and certificate of attendance

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

    • Our local food system - How does it work ​

    • Making a plan for your garden 

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

    • What is soil

    • Soil analysis​ , structure and texture

    • Checking your pH

  • Week 3 - Organic Matter - What is it and where to source it in your area

    • Compost

    • No Dig

    • Making worms work

  • 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 !

These classes last approx 1 1/2 hours  but can sometime overrun due to the content and conversation of the group .


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Christine H

Joanne provided a great course for beginners to get to grips with the basics of growing your own food! There is great interaction throughout the course outside of the classes also

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If you are thinking of doing any course with OURganic’s - think no more . I took part in their ‘ Grow Your Own Food ‘ course recently . I have worked as a Horticulturist for almost a decade now yet I still learned so much from Joanne

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Aoife Cleary

Amazing 6 week Zoom Grow Your Own Veg course with Joanne! You were a fantastic communicator and motivator, Joanne. Thank you for all the information and all the fun too. You are a force of nature!