Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture (FETAC Level 5 & 6) at Kinsale College of Further Education is a science-based course offering a practical and wide-ranging learning experience in a unique and thriving college community. Kinsale has a strong tradition of food and farming, as well as providing a near-idyllic environment for exploring ecology and the natural environment. The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, master classes from a range of visiting specialists and group project work.
The practical aspects of the course include:
- The development of the college grounds along permaculture design principles.
- Working in the college herb and vegetable gardens.
- Landscaping and practicing green building techniques.
The emphasis of the course is on practical skills that students can apply in their own lives and gain professional qualifications to access employment, developing their careers or continuing to 3rd level courses in horticulture, landscape design or related subjects.
The course is useful to anyone interested in landscape design, organic horticulture, community development, environmental education and sustainable resource management, and can lead to work or further training in these areas. Continue reading about the programme on the college website…
… or read an in-depth blog post by tutor Graham Strouts that goes into more detail and includes feedback from students about their experiences.