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Most Recent ISSA News

Last Chance to Book Courses! (March 22nd/23rd)

"Big Workshop Weekend" - March 22nd/23rd - Willow Weaving - Basket Making - Intro to Organic Gardening - Grafting - Creating an Orchard - Bushcraft - Wild Food Foreging - Getting started with Bees - Bee keeping in the Spring

Wassail Recipe

Wassail is an herbal mulled beer that was popular in northern European countries and was served around Twelth night. The term “Wassail” comes from an Anglo-Saxon blessing that means “be in good health”, and this hot beverage was taken to neighbours as a blessing of friendship. Wassail was also brought to the apple orchard to ...

Threshing morning

The elder son of a cobbler and a 9 acre farmer Patrick Kavanagh was born and reared in the town land of Macker in the parish Inniskeen Co. Monaghan left school at 13 to be apprenticed to his fathers trade and to work the land. Sitting at the end of the day upstairs in a ...

Some of your questions answered

Dear ISSA,I grew 3 connemara oca this year. I got them from Seedsavers and found it difficult to get infop on them in terms of how and when to harvest and how to cook them. Anyway to cut a long story short I parboiled them first and then roasted them in the oven and we ...

Potato Report 2010 – Peter Bourke

We seem to have finally been given a break with the weather here. Our main concern last year was the safe storage of our precious seed potatoes over the cold spell that lasted well into February. During the extremely cold days, one of my jobs was starting a small fire in the stove down in ...

Native Irish Apples – Kevin Gallagher

from the flower that openedblossoming in the breezeon the hill-side orchardand the seeping of the sapfrom the tips of the tendrilsaround the rugged rootsand the sun that shoneand the soilfrom the worm's workhail the fragant blossoming apples!helped by a lash of the horse-tailEquisetu-um teaand measures of manuredaubed on as dirt,and pruning by a thousand cuts( ...

Ag obair leis ár plandaí dúchasach-Peadar de Búrca

Taobh an-tábhachtach don obair atá á dhéanamh againn anseo ná an obair a dhéanaimid leis na plandaí Gaelach nó dúchasach. I dtosach, cad is brí le planda dúchasach? I ndáiríre, níl freagra crinn ag baint leis, go háirithe nuair atá muid ag caint faoi na glasraí. Tá fhios ag gach éinne gur tháinig an práta ...

Nothing succeeds like success.

I have had a very uplifting week central to which was the Irish Seed Savers. On Monday I was present amongst a great gathering of growers and seed people, supporters and idealists in the seed saving building where we put our heads together in the common pursuit of producing seeds in larger quantities that eventually ...

News from the Garden-November 2010 Peter Bourke

We had quite a few interesting developments in the gardens over the past year, and I’d like to share some of them with you. The first on my list is that wonderful vegetable Sea kale (Crambe maritima). I had given up hope of seeing it again this spring on account of the ground being frozen ...

Seedsavers the frontline against world hunger By David Ransom

"Reprinted by kind permission of New Internationalist.  Copyright New Internationalist. _www.newint.org_. New Internationalist is the go-to magazine for people wanting intelligent, thought-provoking analysis of global issues. You can save 25% by subscribing - visit bad news is that giant ‘life science’ corporations have been gobbling up the world market in seeds. ...

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