Who, What, How, Why?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

What's On: Organic Gardening at Luisne

Want to learn how to grow a thriving vegetable and herb garden? Facilitated by myself, Ena Ronayne, this course kicks off on Saturday 27th September at 10AM
Classes are held on a Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm. Terms begin on the 27th of September 2014 for 4 weeks and March 7th 2015 for 4 weeks. Each term costs €80 Click here to register 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Let the Academic Year Begin!

Another batch of students will attend Killester College of Further Education from tomorrow. No doubt each student attending will have lots of questions about college life and their chosen subject.

Juggling with new modules, timetables and a lot of paper these past few weeks, I had almost forgotten about the novice horticulturist who will sit in my classroom for the first time this week. Between now and May 2015, nine modules will be covered by my full time group, while my part time students (who start Wednesday and will attend one day a week) will cover three modules. That's the hope anyway!

All full time classes kick off tomorrow Monday 15th September at 9.00 am and up first for the horticultural student is Work Practice, followed by a double class of Communications. Then, after an early lunch, students will have a three hour block with me in Plant Propagation.

Students are going to love this module and I can't wait to hear all their questions and there will be many, not least.... What is plant propagation? Therefore in advance of class here is a text book answer which we will pick through in class tomorrow.

"Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, bulbs and other plant parts"

This 'definition' will be tweaked, discussed and understood in far greater detail by the end of the year.

No doubt there are many who are anxious about tomorrow and shouldn't be.  To those who are, we wish you and all who will attend KCFE and any other college the very best of luck.

Let the academic year begin for 2014 /2015!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Our relationship with water

In 1992, at the age of 12, Severn Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Severn Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates.  Have a listen to 'The girl who made the world silent for five minutes'. 

Now in her 30's, Severn is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author.  She has recently hosted Samaq'an: Water Stories.


While we here in Ireland toy with the idea of having water meters installed, this series shows how north America’s indigenous people always had a sacred relationship with water.  The series looks at the spiritual and physical connections that they had to water.  All three episodes are worth watching.