Permaculture Non Dig Gardening 10.02.2018


Natural soil &  management Come & Learn how to use techniques from the Anaerobic digestion to the aerobic composting process use local material create hot compost ,wormy compost. mulch system,understanding natural cycle  

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  Before we can understand the reasons for not digging soil, it’s important to understand what soil is, otherwise it’s not clear what we’re dealing with.


        What is soil? How is it structured, and how do we maintain optimum soil health?This applied course examines the practical application of the processes of building fertility, making bio-fertilizers , soil type identification and testing, and gives a clear picture of soil biology, and of a healthy soil food web. We redefine ‘sustainable agriculture’ as ‘our ability to build soil fertility as we improve production and reduce cost and labor’.

Creating a compost-based water heater is excellent weekend project.   The only things you really need are compos table material, an area to devote to your compost pile, and lots of polyethylene tubing.

There are tutorials all over the Internet detailing various methods – some work very well while others fall short of the performance achieved by Mr. Pain himself.

       The the day workshop including 50%academic 50%hand one experience you will going home to know how  do you turn your  kitchen waste to resource  

50% Student discount available Pls Contact for further  information

What is non-dig gardening? How we applying?

The origins of no-dig gardening are unclear, and may be based on pre-industrial or nineteenth-century farming techniques.Fukuoka started his pioneering research work in this domain in 1938, and began publishing in the 1970s his Fukuokan philosophy of, which is now acknowledged by some as the tap root of the movement. Two pioneers of the method in the twentieth century included F. C. King, Head Gardener at Levens Hall, South Westmorland, in the Lake District of England, who wrote the book “Is Digging Necessary?” in 1946 and a gardener from Middlecliffe in the UK, A. Guest, who in 1948 published the book “Gardening Without Digging”. The work of these gardeners was supported by the in the UK. No-dig gardening was also promoted by Australian Esther Deans in the 1970s, and American gardener advocated a “permanent” garden mulching technique in Gardening Without Work and no-dig methods in the 1950s and 1960s

This technique recognizes that micro- and macro-biotic organisms constitute a  community in the soil, necessary for the healthy cycling of nutrients and prevention of problematic organisms and diseases.The plants transfer a portion of the carbon energy they produce to the soil, and microbes that benefit from this energy in turn convert available organic substances in the soil to the mineral elements the plants need to thrive

 Lead Facilitator:
Istvan MarkulyPermaculture Mainframe Designer, Consultant, Implementer, TeacherWest Cork Permaculture & Earth Environmental Education Inline images 1

Local community developer who is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture Waves across the country! He has taken PDC’s and Permaculture workshop internationally learning also from many others who are leading the way in their field, like Paul Taylor, Geoff Lawton and Warren Brush  continues to grow his knowledge with many others. He is a co-founder of Earth Environmental Education, providing easy understanding through the principles of permaculture which might make people feel                                                                     Motivated, Zestful and Dynamic

Abaut the center

Sonairte was established in 1986 by members of the local community and concerned environmentalists to promote environmental awareness and education. The founders, several of whom remain on the present Board of Directors, drew inspiration from organisations such as the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, the HDRA (now Garden Organic) in the UK and the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia. Sonairte has been certified as an organic food producer with the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association since 1986 and has been teaching organic horticulture and providing courses in various aspects of environmental education ever since.

The name Sonairte is derived from a middle Irish word meaning “positive strength”, it is also an acronym which encompasses many of the aims of the centre:

Sonairte, which is situated in a farm complex of noteworthy historical interest on the banks of the River Nanny near Laytown (Co. Meath), has developed steadily since it was originally established, in terms of both its physical facilities and its standing as an environmental organisation, visitor attraction and educational facility.

The site, which now covers some ten acres, is held under a recently renewed long term lease. A redevelopment project for the centre will soon be launched.

In all aspects of renovation, care is taken to stay true to the green philosophy of the centre, particularly in the choice of building material and use of renewable energy and energy conservation. The facilities that are being created will allow Sonairte to become active in many diverse fields. The centre is run entirely by volunteers but the intention is that permanent staff will be employed in key posts as an income stream is developed, in order to improve the facilities that are offered


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