Harvest Festival – Sunday September 15th
September is an ideal time to showcase our vital conservation work, when our seed harvesting is in full flow and the majority of our rare varieties of Irish heritage apples are looking their best.
With apple, potato and tomato displays, garden and orchard tours, organic gardening demonstrations and apple tasting tours there will be something for the beginner and experienced gardener alike.
On the day we will be offering a select menu in our cafe and our cob pizza oven will be fired up. With over twenty acres of organic seed gardens, native woodland trails and heritage orchards it’s going to be a fun-filled day. So come and learn about our vital conservation work or just come for a chat, a cup of tea and a cake in a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Schedule of Talks & Tours
- Seed Saving demonstration with Deirdre (Seed Bank Solarium) – 11.30am
- Hedgehog Talk for Children with Bev (Blue Building) – 12pm
- Herb Walk with Felice – 12.30pm
- Scything Demonstration with Matt (Field behind Seed Bank) – 1pm
- Ecology in the Gardens and Orchards at Seed Savers with Jo and Jeremy – 1.30pm
- Mead Making Demonstration with Ciaran – 2pm
- Children’s Activities in the Woodlands with Liz – 2.30pm
- Apple Tasting Tour with Jason – 2.30pm
- Seed Saving Demonstration with Wayne (Seed Bank Solarium) – 3.30pm
- Bird Walk with Jamie – 4pm
- Gardening Demonstration with Tristan – 4pm
FREE for Supporters & Children
€10 General Admission
The Living Seed – Ireland’s Seed Gathering – October 12th – 13th
“The Living Seed – Ireland’s Seed Gathering” is a two day conference organised by Irish Seed Savers, NOTS and The Gaia Foundation. This unique agro-ecological seed conference is for gardeners, farmers, and all who are interested in seed in Ireland today.
Highlights over the two days will include in-depth presentations and discussions; a community farm walk, seed swap, bus tour to Seed Savers, seed saving demos, great local food, EU news, seed films – and plentiful conversations. Stay tuned tonots.ie and Irish Seed Savers for a more detailed breakdown of the event in the coming weeks.
early bird special until Friday 13th September
Autumn and Winter Workshop Weekends – 28th & 29th September / 9th & 10th November
The Seed Savers Café will be open on each course day for lunch, serving soup, tea and coffee, and homemade cakes. The café is vegetarian and uses organic ingredients from the gardens and orchards where possible.Conservation and education is what we do best here at Irish Seed Savers. We run a wide range of workshops designed to give YOU the knowledge and skills for a more holistic and sustainable way of living. Make your own cider, honey, herbal remedies or utilise your polytunnel to produce food for your family all year round. We share our knowledge so you too can make a difference.
Life on the farm
Apple season is upon us and our nursery have supplied our farm shop with a beautiful range of two-year-old potted trees. Our bare-root trees are looking really healthy and are still growing. These bare-root varieties will be available for sale on our website from the first week in October and are shipped in December when the trees become fully dormant. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, list of available varieties, ages and prices.
When our orchard team are not busy preparing for tree sales season they are harvesting our apples which will be used for our own apple juice, education workshops and tasting displays for our Harvest Festival. With the wet conditions for most of the summer months, a lot of our fruit has had brown rot this season. We’ve taken this fruit off-site for disposal to break the life cycle of the spores. This is followed up with some disease pruning to help maintain the health of the trees.
Our seed team is in full harvesting mode and we are currently fermenting our tomato seeds, which will make for stronger, healthier seeds. This is where we harvest overripe tomatoes, scoop out the seeds, jelly and leave them to ferment in their own juices for…continue reading HERE
Children’s Eco-Camp – 30th Oct – 1st Nov