When: 2nd & 3rd August
Where: Incredible Edible Cloughmills Community Garden,
Cloughmills, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.
Cost: Public/Voluntary/Large Community organisations - £100 per person [inc lunch & refreshments]
Small community/individual - £50 per person [inc lunch & refreshments]
Contact: Patrick Frew
All are welcome to this workshop which will double as a 2 day 'Introduction to Permaculture' course as well as a participative planning session with & for the Incredible Edible Cloughmills team.
Permaculture is a way of gardening & a way of living based on nature’s model of a 'web of life' in which strength & resilience come from the many beneficial relationships between the plants & animals in a particular ecosystem. With an awareness of this model we can learn to grow our food (& other things!) in harmony with nature, we can 'work with nature rather than against'. We can maximise productivity & minimize work!
It's a lovely bountiful time of year to be in the garden, lush growth, midsummer harvest, spirits high, & sun hopefully shining! We will spend the weekend in Cloughmills learning how to use the permaculture ethics, principles & design patterns in & around the Incredible Edible community garden.
In the process we will collaboratively build on the existing design of the site & get creative around ideas & possibilities to enhance the site in future.
Topics we'll explore will include:
· Observation skills, listening to the landscape - natural patterns, micro-climates, & how to work with rather than against them
· Efficient garden design & layout -small spaces, least effort, maximum production
· Perrenial planting possibilities- Vegetables, Herbs & Fruits
· Annual yields -vegetables, fruits, kitchen gardening techniques
· Forest gardens-exploring the site's forest garden
· Other essentials-integrating water, nutrients, compost, wildlife, people, leisure, access
Using the site, we will learn though observation, exploration, hands on, designing, playing, listening & reflecting. We will use the 'Transition Towns' learning approach of 'Head, Heart & Hands'.
Please contact Patrick for more details.