NEW Permaculture Skills Exchange starting next week!

A pilot "Permaculture Skills Exchange" was run last year on a voluntary basis by Suzie Cahn and other Co Wicklow tutors in Glenealy. This year Suzie has gotten funding from Co Wicklow Partnership to run it -- Co Wicklow Partnership are taking applications for unemployed or under-employed participants in the new FREE course which starts on 17 April.  There is no charge for the course, but please note that the deadline for applications is this Friday -- 13th April 2012.  

Below is the press release, and an application form is available from Co Wicklow Partnership or you can download one here. Please pass this information on to others in your network, and post on suitable notice boards.  Anyone who's interested in the course should contact County Wicklow Partnership THIS WEEK on 0402 20955 - 

Interested in developing a green micro-enterprise or community / social enterprise?

County Wicklow Partnership is launching a new course called Permaculture Skills Exchange. The course aims to encourage green micro-business and social enterprise ideas through permaculture design and the development of green skills.  Permaculture Design is a method of understanding natural systems and resource use in order to create sustainable human activities.

The Permaculture Skills exchange programme is aimed at people who may be unemployed or under-employed, recently graduated or even early retired and are interested in finding something new and positive to do in their lives and to contribute to their communities.

Commencing on the 17th April 2012 the course will be run in Glenealy for 16 days over an 8 week period on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2.30pm.  Topics covered include woodland skills (including woodland management and uses and green woodworking), natural building (including cob and lime) and much more.

There will be input from skilled tutors and local experts such as Declan Little of Woodlands of Ireland and Richard Webb a lecturer in Sustainable Design from DIT, but much of the course takes place outside and is hands on and practical in nature. In addition, participants are encouraged to exchange their own skills and knowledge throughout the course with a view to developing green initiatives.

This course will be supported by County Wicklow Partnership through the LEADER / Rural Development Programme.  If you would like to participate in this course please contact County Wicklow Partnership on 0402 20955 or by Friday the 13th of April 2012.

Other events

GIY Glenealy meeting  - 21 April 2012 (1-2pm)

OOOOBY talk by Mike & Suzie Cahn at Ballymaloe Cookery School - 24 April 2012

Smallholders Fair 2012 -  Glenealy -  More information on

Polytunnel Workshop - 10 May 2012

Complete Intro to Smallholding - running on two dates: June 23rd and August 11th 2012. Details on Rural Skills Ireland

Natural Beekeeping Weekend with Phil Chandler - 7-8 July 2012


OOOOBY Store - limited stock of seed potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic.  Just in: green manures (phacelia, clover etc), organic seed & potting composts, plant pots (both plastic & biodegradable types), etc.  Store hours are Thurs & Sat 10-2 and other times by arrangement.

OOOOBY Veg producers - anyone interested in supplying produce for this season's OOOOBY Box should contact us asap.  Priority is by location (closer to Glenealy the better) and for producers using no chemicals/artificial fertilisers.

OOOOBY Veg customers - if you'd like to be notified when the new vegetable box subscriptions begin, please email now; please include your location if you'd like to get the box delivered (note that delivery will only be available in areas where there is highest demand).

Finally, just to remind people that every Thursday, you are welcome to join us and other like-minded folk getting your hands dirty at Carraig Dúlra farm on our volunteer days. 

Thanks & hope to see you on the land,

Mike & Suzie Cahn -