Course Details: 

Caring for an Orchard - Summer

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Start Date and Time:

Thursday, July 4, 2024

9:00 am
Finish Date and Time (Approx):

Thursday, July 4, 2024

5:00 pm


1 Day


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Caring for an Orchard - Summer

Afternoon Cookery Classes begin at 2PM, however please try to be at cookery school for 1:45PM.

Guests will get a copy of all recipes and tastings of all dishes at the end of the demonstration. Please note you will be joining our main student body for this demonstration.

Details of Recipes to be demonstrated are published approximately 2 weeks in Advance.

Planting and caring for an orchard is easier than you might think and a great way to convert an area of ground to something more productive, bio diverse and lovely to look at. Our course tutor Chris Troy is a TEAGSC trained commercial horticulturist with over 40 years practical experience of creating, and caring for, domestic orchards across Ireland. He’s an active member of Future Orchards in Glanmire and runs a number of courses on planting, grafting, pruning and fruit thinning on site each year. 

In his friendly, down to earth and practical teaching style Chris will introduce you to the basics of planning, planting and caring for an orchard be it for 3 or 30 trees! 

This full day course is a 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How to fruit thin an apple tree
  • Pest and disease identification and management
  • How to interpt last year's pruning on this year's growth
  • How to maximise next year's crop

Course Elements: 

  • Indoor and Outdoor Classroom time
  • A practical demonstration on fruit thinning
  • A visit to our orchards

Good to Know:

  • As we’ll spend time walking and learning around the farm please bring suitable clothing and footwear - and allow for changeable weather!
  • This is a basic course aimed at beginners with small gardens. However a lot of the information that will be available may be of great use to landowners and farmers or anyone who may be thinking of planting an orchard on a larger scale.
  • Refreshments included; Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
  • Please arrive early to sign in, meet other students and get ready for a busy day of hands on learning
  • The course is held at Ballymaloe Cookery School’s Organic Farm and Gardens in Shanagarry, Co. Cork P25 R274

Additional Info 

Discounted / Part-Funded Tickets Through NOTS:

Eligible participants living in Ireland can avail of a generous cost reduction on this course through our course partners National Organic Training Skillnet. Sign up through NOTS to avail of their reduced price offering and to get the course for just €90. Once you sign up and pay the reduced rate through NOTS, they will notify us, and you will be all set for the course on July 24th! Please note – to qualify for the NOTS rate, you must be a) resident in Ireland; and b) employed in any sector (either full-time or part-time).

The prestigious Ballymaloe 12 WeekCertificate Course is run three times a year, with courses beginning in January,April or May, and September.

The course is aimed at anyone with a passionate interest in food. Many of our students use the course as a springboard to become a professional chef; others use it to equip themselves with a marketable skill.

Others still take the course simply to maximize the pleasure they get from cooking at home.

Students develop a deep and detailed understanding of food and how it is produced. The emphasis is on recognising the best ingredients and knowing how to showcase them.

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