North Donegal community gardener Joanne Butler shares a preview of her upcoming course, Introduction to Permaculture at OURganic Gardens.

So, what exactly is Permaculture?

This coming May 25th and 26th, OURganic Gardens in Gortahork is hosting a two-day introduction to permaculture with Earthcare facilitators Hannah Mole and regenerative agriculturalist from An Caora Dubh John Duffy.

Permaculture is a set of design principles we use in our gardens and lands to place earth care alongside people care and fair share. This two day introduction will look at simple home scale design principles such as growing your own food, mapping your garden and land, growing your soil and sustaining your family.

Participants will be given an insight into the ongoing ten-year project at OURganic Gardens and get lots of practical hands on experience onsite.  

OURganic Gardens, Gortahork

They will leave with the tools to get their own projects off the ground or be encouraged to get involved with like minded people in their communities, to work together for the greater good.

OURganic Gardens is located on a 4-acre site in Gortahork, Co Donegal boasting 180∙views of the mountain scenery and landscapes. Started by owners Joanne and Milo Butler in 2008 the land has been continually enhanced to encourage, protect and improve the biodiversity and heritage that the local landscape has to offer.

OURganic Gardens, Gortahork

In this current climate we need to think beyond the single use garden and look at a multi-functional, biodiverse and resilient community of people, plants and animals, and no better place to start than this weekend introduction to permaculture at OURganic Gardens, Gortahork.

For more information on this course see or contact Joanne on or 0861789971.