If you’ve just read through all of this, well done!  Take some time to digest it and maybe read through it again – there’s a lot to take in.

Enrolment now open for courses starting October 2017

The courses in organic growing and horticulture start in October.  Places are limited and enrolment is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so we encourage you to sign up as soon as you can. You can find full details about the courses (including course content, dates, prices and the qualifications you can get) on our website:


Please take a few minutes to read through the information there if you haven’t already done so.

Paula Pender is the main teacher on the course, and she will be coordinating enrolment so please email Paula (paula@organiccollege.com) if you have any questions before signing up.

How do I enrol and pay?

We are delighted to announce that the National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS – www.nots.ie) are offering to fund 25% of your course fees. This means that to complete the first 4 modules (year one) of the course will cost €600 (instead of €800). The full amount is due before the course starts at the beginning of October 2017. (Note – there is no requirement to complete two years of the course – many people enjoy taking the course for one year when you learn all the basics about growing organic food.)

To enrol on the course you must contact NOTS and let them know you want to sign up for Distance Learning with the Organic College:

  • Phone: 071 96 40688
  • Or email: info@nots.ie with your details.

NOTS will then email you payment and enrolment instructions. Funding from NOTS is limited, so we encourage you to get in touch with them as soon as you can. Don’t worry if you don’t get a reply immediately – both NOTS and the Organic College do not staff the offices full time in the summer but rest assured that someone will get back to you within a few days.

When NOTS have received payment you are enrolled on the course and we’ll contact you again in September with more details and dates. The first date for your diary is Saturday 7th October when there is a ‘Welcome Day’ at the college in Dromcollogher from 11am to 4pm.

If you are unemployed and in receipt of benefits you may be able to get an alternative grant from the Department for Social Protection. You cannot get both a NOTS grant and Social Protection grant. If you are not able to get funding from NOTS and would like to explore applying for a grant from Social Protection, please contact Kathleen Lynch at the Organic College (063 83604 or email dl@organiccollege.com) and she will help you with your grant application.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions.  We’re looking forward to another great year of learning to grow delicious organic food and hope that you are able to joins us. In the meantime enjoy the summer sunshine!