Two day course Increase fertility, reduce costs and improve harvest
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 biofertilizers and soil amendments, soil type identification and testing, and gives a clear picture of soil biology, and of a healthy soil food web.
The tendrils of resilience are rooted in living soil and abundant water
The Main Topics
Soil food web
…is the community of organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil. It describes a complex living system in the soil and how it interacts with the environment, plants, and animals.
…is the practice of breaking down biological waste with thermophilic (heat-loving) bacteria.
The key advantage of thermophilic composting is that the high temperatures kill diseases. Human faeces composted by worms is not safe to use on food-plants, but several months of thermophilic composting will render it quite harmless. All the organisms that cause human diseases are adapted to live around human body temperature. Higher temperatures kill them. Compost that stays at 50°C (122°F) for 24 hours will be safe to use to grow food. A temperature of 46°C (115°F) will kill pathogens within a week. 62°C (143.6°F) will kill pathogens in one hour.
…is a collection of processes by which microorganismsbreak down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. The process is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste or to produce fuels. Much of the fermentation used industrially to produce food and drink products, as well as home fermentation, uses anaerobic digestion.
…work without oxygen, so most anaerobic takes place underground without fresh O2.
Anaerobic organisms work at slower rates than their aerobic counterparts and they exude smelly gas as a byproduct of their exertions. Because of the colder conditions weed seeds and plant pathogens aren’t destroyed.
…is the process of remineralizing soils that have been damaged by shortsighted agriculture practices. Working with damaged soils can be a huge challenge. In the world we live in today, it’s hard to find soils that haven’t been damaged through agricultural or urban misuse.
Two day Soil Biology Course
|Day of aerobic
|Warm Up and Introduction to Soil Food Web||Understanding cycle of nature and Lazy composting||Understanding Soil Food Web and building fertility||Building aerobic Thermophilic compost|
|Day of anaerobic
|Water is Life:
Introduction to anaerobic environment
|Using Biodigestion (anaerobic digestion) to build and maintain fertility||Learning Liquid feed, soil pro-biotic (specific compost tea), bio-fertilizer as a fermentation||Building bio-fermented fertilizer|
Every day programs:
- 10:30-11.00 Tea o’clock
- 13:00-14.00 Lunch (Organic local food)
- 17:30-19:00 Dinner (Closing Circle)
Everything you get
- Two Days on the field with professionals
- All of the slideshows, presentations and a special gift
- Early access to the Permaculture MentorNetwork
- Wholesome meal 2 times a day and all day coffe/tea/biscuits from local ingredients
- 20% discount from the courses hosted by Permaculture Resources Ireland
- Unforgettable day with good people in the beautiful nature of County Galway and much more…
Accommodation is available at an additional cost (camping space is also an option), please contact for further information: contact form
- Discount for Students – We support students with 20% off
- Discount for Locals – We support locals with 20% off
Permaculture Mainframe Designer, Consultant, Implementer, Teacher
and Local Community Developer who is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture waves across the country. His experience is expanding and diversifying through international participation and earth work management from wetland to dryland.
He has completed numerous permaculture training programmes, also learning from those who are leading the way in their field, such as: Warren Brush, Paul Taylor and Geoff Lawton. He is a co-founder of Earth Environmental Education, providing easy understanding through the principles of permaculture to help motivate and inspire others to naturally include the principles of Permaculture into their lives.