P.D.C. - Paul Taylor & Istvan Markuly
About the farm
72 acre Land was purchased 23 years ago in 1994 Always evolving and has been managed as an organic market garden selling locally and a tree nursery for over 5 years, now functioning as a working organic permaculture farm and healing ceremony centre with people care taking precedence combined with an educational element helping people to make the next step regarding how to move forward towards a more sustainable life.The farm is made up of....
-Grazing land with small and large animal systems-Diverse native woodland & mixed non-native forestry, eucalyptus plantation.Regenerating exposed slate rock land to oak forest tree systemsNearly half of the land has been reserved for over 45,000 planted tree-Vegetable garden showing how we can make a garden anywhere, creating soil on rock, -Compostin-Low maintenance systems creating diversity that can be replicated everywhere independent of corporations, including in cities, currently feeding 2 families onsite and visitor-Forest garden, marginal land management, fruit trees ,blueberry crop, increasing fruit yield abundanc-Tropical greenhous-Rock gardenWater Managemen-Pond and stream system, aquaculture -carp 2 varieties and rainbow trout, , reed bed system and grey water system Natural building- cob, traditional stone building, round house, timber frame cabin.Solar powed
Closed loop system in place demonstrating independent self sufficiency.
Travel from Ballydehob to the site will be arranged with participants for the open day on Friday 19-05-2017. Anyone that is not coming along for the Open weekend will have to arrange for the 21st.
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Paul has owned and operated more than a dozen organic properties as a 3rd generation organic farmer, gardener and horticulturist, and is the managing director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd and the Co-founder of Hidden Garden Sustainable Farms.
He is a Permaculture Consultant with the Permaculture Research Institute, and has worked as an educator, designer, trainer and biological soil consultant for the past 25 years. As an accredited teacher, he is best known for his work developing the Bio-Vital System of biological soil management as a practical, easy to understand, soil recovery and food production system.
Paul is an energetic and engaging teacher with a gift to give you the practical skills and knowledge for implementing regenerative systems and growing organic food profitably almost anywhere. His teaching and consulting have taken him from India to Outer Mongolia, from the USA to Australia, from greenhouses in Saudi Arabia to the wilderness of New Zealand. His courses are dynamic, fun, hands-on and full of knowledge.
You will learn management skills and principles that apply to backyard gardens, greenhouses, and on-farm broad acreage, which are suitable to all types of soil regeneration project. Paul is an approved Australian Federal Government educator under the Farm-Ready Program, holds a Certificate IV in training and assessment and has specialist training in soil microbiology and plant nutrition.
Istvan was born and grew up in the beech forest in Hungary and has been interested from an early age with forests and water systems. He has always felt connected to his surroundings while observing aquaculture while fishing as a small boy.
Istvan studied painting and art in Hungary, he also ran a building company until he started travelling in 2001, where he was introduced to Permaculture in 2003.
He continued travelling and got involved in Permaculture farming projects, living and travelling in communities. Harvesting wild fruits while organic farming along his travels. Istvan has experience working within the European climates from northern cold humid to southern Mediterranean.
Since 2006 he has been based in Ireland where he developed a property service business specialising in sustainable house retrofitting and land management to provide better living spaces for clients and training for employees.
He lived off-grid, providing for his own energy, water & food security - this gave him more connection to the land and to his local community and came to realise the importance of educating people, in particular from a community perspective.
This led him to see the needs of the local community and immersed himself in local voluntary community development projects; waste management, water harvesting, food waste and food rescue, community forestry, fair share, bartering and working with exchange rather than money, He has been involved in helping to set up the community gardens in Clonakilty, and a successful school gardens in the local secondary school, where he has developed an educational curriculum for the teachers and students to follow.
The Main Course Highlights
Theory & principles of permaculture
Concepts & Themes of Design
Systems thinking & Methods of Design
Understanding climate & landscape
Trees & Their Energy Transactions
Water Security harvesting and management
Earth Working & Earth
Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
Organic Fertiliser &
Ecological pest control
Organic food production & protection
Resources & Protection
Designing for Different Climates
Appropriate Technology Eco-friendly house placement and design
Recycling and waste management
Alternative Nation Drought-proofing
Practical Designing Exercise
We have some great team building workshops. Understanding how to design with natures patterns and set up our human systems along side our natural systems.
Open Permaculture Weekend
Come to our open weekend Workshop 19/05/2017 - 21/05/2017
This will be running 3 days before the Permaculture Design Course. Please get in touch with us
3 beautiful and Health meals will be provided daily. Teas and coffees will be available onsite during the days as well.
please advise us of any special dietary needs by email
This is a residential course so
bed & camping space with facilities are available onsite and are included in the fee. Private Rooms are also available at a supplementary cost.
Please contact for more information on these rooms.
73 acre Farm based in Bawnaknockane, The Laurels,
Ballydehob, West Cork
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What you can expect on our course
Our permaculture design course is set on a beautiful 73 acre farm, located in Ballydehob, West Cork. You can read more about the farm below.
Permaculture Design Certificate