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Gurteen College – McDonald’s Flagship Farm Fieldtrip

As part of the Susliving Third Level Programme in Gurteen College, Susliving recently arranged for students of the Environmental and Sustainable Farming course to visit one of Mcdonald’s Flagship Farms. The Environmental and Sustainable Farming course is provided in conjunction with Susliving to give students the relevant knowledge, skills and competence to farm in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Operating across all sectors of farming, these Flagship Farms are suppliers to McDonald’s and have been identified for their excellent practice in sustainability and high standards. As part of the Flagship Farms scheme, the farms encourage sharing of sustainable farming practices, and the students had a great experience visiting Dempsey Beef Farm.
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Midleton Green Schools Workshop

Green Schools Workshop Day!

On Wednesday the 27th of April the green schools committee were so fortunate to have a workshop by Susliving come to the school.

We were out in the back end of the school by the polytunnel where we were doing all sorts of different activities. I started off along with Sarah making a window box full of strawberries and lettuces. We made the box ourselves from used wood that we measured and sawed, then nailed together. It was surprisingly simple! We then placed stones over holes in the bottom to add a filter for the water to flow through without dragging the dirt out also. We then proceed to fill the box with soil and plants, it was really hands on and great fun!

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I.W.A. at the Susliving Demonstration Centre

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Workshops with the Irish Wheelchair Association

On May 8th, the Susliving Demonstration Centre hosted visitors from the Irish Wheelchair Association in Kilkenny for a morning of workshops on sustainability. The workshops covered household waste repurposing, gardening and food at home, garden furniture from waste material as well as a look at energy consumption and the ways and means of managing it. The workshop participants had a lot of fun and took away a lot of valuable information which gives them the knowledge to implement what they learned in the workshops.
 

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Susliving Community Workshops in Tullow Library

On Wednesday April 15th the Susliving team delivered a set of workshops to Tullow Library in Tullow, Co. Carlow. The theme of these workshops was waste minimisation and they focused on using waste material for repurposing into functional objects and furniture, as well as waste usage in the garden and biodiversity. The workshops were attended by local schools and community groups, including members of the the local Tidy Towns committee. We even had Mayor of Carlow John Pender and An Tasice ambassador Sarah McGovern pay a visit!
 

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Plant a Tree Week – Open Workshop Invitation

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Plant A Tree Week – Open Workshop Invitation

In support of “Plant a Tree Week 2015”, Susliving invites you to a demonstration workshop all about trees and planting techniques!
The workshop will cover:
 

    Why plant a tree?

    Where to plant?

    What tree types & varieties should I select?

    What maintenance/pruning will be required?

    What is grafting?

 
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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 10

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 10

This was the final class in this series of Susliving workshops at Thomastown Town of Food for this part of the Gardening & Horticulture course. It was a good time to review what has been achieved since the autumn, turning a green field site into a working and ready-to-function kitchen garden. There was a great feeling of achievement by the participants for all the work carried out during the autumn and throughout this first workshop series.
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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 9

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 9

A clear, sunny New Year’s day got Susliving’s Tech Mentors and workshop participants off to a lively start in the Thomastown Town of Food garden. The garden is really taking shape with the main pathways now in place, allowing easy access to the different garden areas. Despite the difficult weather conditions endured during the autumn, the polytunnel is in it’s final position and is ready for use in the spring to make an early start in growing vegetables and fruit.
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Thomastown Town of Food – School of Food Official Opening & Open Days

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January 15th sees the official opening of School of Food for the Thomastown Town of Food initiative. The Open Days take place on January 17th and 18th which are open to one and all, and there will be also be a Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshop running on the 17th.
Over the past months, Susliving has been delivering workshops as part of the Thomastown Town of Food Gardening & Horticulture course. These workshops have focused on building up the Food Garden from scratch, from hard landscaping and infrastructure building, to future plant planning using suitable catalogues of domestic and alternative crops and plants. The workshops began in the Garden Design & Planning phase, where surveys and assessments were carried out on the Food Garden. After the initial design and planning workshops, we progressed onto lands caping and construction of compost bins, raised beds and the poly tunnel. In tandem with the construction of the garden structures and poly tunnel, suitable fruit and crops were selected for future planting in the garden.
The Thomastown Town of Food Garden is a fantastic community project and here at Susliving we are delighted to be a part of it! This project is a developing success and aims to provide a source of fruit and vegetables for the School of Food.

To find out more, see the workshop calendar and visit the course page on the Thomastown Town of Food site.

Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 8

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 8

Week 8 of the Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops was particularly frosty and bright. Being the last session of 2014 at Thomastown Town of Food however, gave it a festive feel. As did the mince pies and Santa hats!
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Susliving Workshops – Abbott Eco Awareness Week Review

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December 9th and 10th saw Susliving travel to the Abbott Ireland Nutrition Division in Cootehill, Co. Cavan to take part in the their Eco Awareness Week.

The Susliving team delivered a series of workshops on green energy; garden-to-table food and the recycling and repurposing of waste material. These workshops were attended by enthusiastic and interested employees from all sections of the Abbott Ireland factory over the two days.
 
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Susliving Workshops @ Abbott Ireland

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The Susliving team is delivering a set of workshops to Abbott Ireland in Cootehill, Co. Cavan as part of their Eco Awareness Week. Focusing on sustainability at home as well as in the workplace, the workshops being delivered are based on the areas of Energy, Food & Gardening and Recycling & Repurposing. Susliving will also have an exhibition stall to go along with the workshops, which will provide information and previews of the workshops offerings.

Information leaflets available at the Susliving exhibition stall, workshop fact sheets and other relevant documents are available for download using the links below.

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 7

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 7

Another full session at Week 7 of the Thomastown Town of Food gardening workshops, carried out by Susliving Tech Mentors and members of the Thomastown community. This was a very interesting session lead by Susliving Mentors Gary and Zaki, constructing outdoor garden furniture from used pallets. This repurposing of waste timber, that is usually left around or thrown out, was a great reminder to us that we need to look at what’s around us to see if we can use ‘waste’ material as a resource.

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 6

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 6

Week 6 of the Thomastown Town of Food Gardening & Horticulture workshops saw the completion of the poultry run, the hen house and the nesting box. These were done in kit form, so that each can be assembled when the ground conditions are suitable in the garden. It was very instructive for those attending the workshop to see what can be made from salvaged timber and used pallets!
Each week there is a group discussion prompted by suggestions from participants. In this workshop we discussed ‘plants for shady places’ – identifying a range of plants that can grow successfully in areas of reduced light levels in the garden.
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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 5

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 5

Susliving horticulturalist Elmer Dool kicked off the week 5 Gardening & Horticulture workshop with the continuation of the construction of the hen run and hen house. Having discussed with all the participants the pros and cons of designing the hen run in several different ways, Susliving Tech Mentor Gary Dalton demonstrated the best and most economical way of using timber, to result in a strong, stable, practical poultry run.
 
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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 4

Week 4 was once again led by Susliving’s resident horticulturalist, Elmer Dool. This workshop saw even more people from the community taking part, which was great! The workshop kicked off Saturday’s fresh, sunny morning with a fruit planting session. Read more

Here’s a calendar list of the Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops that we’re running with the Thomastown Town of Food initiative. The workshops take place in the Thomastown Food Campus and have already progressed to the third workshop! There’s no requirement to have attended previous workshops so if you’re interested in taking part or curious about what’s going on, don’t hesitate to send us a message or check out the course page on the Town of Food website.

Please note that the workshop scheduled for January 24th has been postponed until January 31st.

 

Workshop Date#Workshop Outline
25/10/20141Garden Design
01/11/20142Raised bed types, biodiversity & wildlife
08/11/20143Compost bins & hedging plants
15/11/20144Garden fruit & crops
22/11/20145Garden crops & hard landscaping
29/11/20146Polytunnels
06/12/20147Soft landscaping
13/12/20148Rainwater harvesting
10/01/20159Creating & using your garden resources
17/01/20159Open Day & Workshop
31/01/201510Quiet areas & features, maintenance & aftercare

 

 

Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Weeks 1-3

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Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Weeks 1-3

The Thomastown Town of Food Gardening & Horticulture workshops are led by Susliving’s resident horticulturalist Elmer Dool and cover a wide range of useful and practical topics including Garden Design & Planning, Rainwater Harvesting, Composting and Garden Fruit.
Running in the Food Campus in Thomastown, these workshops are part of a series of ten in total and have been a great success. Despite some unfavourable weather conditions, the Gardening & Horticulture workshops have been a great source of learning and have also produced an initial set of constructed raised beds and compost bays which will be used in the Town of Food garden.

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At the Susliving Demonstration Centre, feedback is hugely important for us. It’s a great way for us to find out what you want to see more of, or what different areas of sustainable living you’d like to explore. Over on the Demonstration Centre page you can find feedback forms that can be filled out, so please feel free to fill them out and send them in to us!

Interacting and communicating with you goes beyond just the Demonstration Centre. As an organisation dedicated to spreading sustainable living knowledge and skills, listening to what our supporters and partners have to say can really help us pick out new avenues that we can explore together. The new Susliving Workshops and Programmes are all built and designed to be enjoyable and useful for you so if there’s something you would like to see added to them, or if there’s a topic you have huge interest in, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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