Upcoming Events

May meeting
‘Bog plants-their medicinal uses and folklore’
Mayo Organic group is delighted to be welcoming Lorna Elms of National Museum of Ireland, Turlough House to give a talk on ‘Bog plants-their medicinal uses and folklore’. Lorna has a particular interest in the flora of Irish peatlands and on 18th May will give an overview of our common bog plants; offering some insights into their unique properties, medicinal uses and folklore.
Meeting is held at Balla community Centre at 7:30, Open to all, & refreshments, charity raffle,
sales, & give-aways, as well as networking.

Programme for 2017/18

All meetings take place on 3rd Thursday of the month, except for outings.

Meetings take place at Balla Community Centre at 7:30pm in the courthouse room which is located on the roadside of the building.

Jun 15th: Wild Medicinal Plants with Sally Harte

July/August: Possible garden/farm visits

September 12st: Mob Grazing with organic farmer Clive Bright

October 19th: Cheese making with Dozio artisan cheesemakers

November 16th:Wreath making with Balla Florists

December 21st: Home made liquors with Cleo de Vito

January 18th: Growing microgreens with Alex Lavarde

February 15th: Natural beekeeping with Henry Horkan

March 15th: AGM

April 19th: Potato day with Rachel Quinn


Previous Meetings/Talks
All meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 8pm, but we move the location around the county each month. Our talks are free for members, or €3 per person if you just want to come on an adhoc basis. If you’re thinking of joining us but just want to try first, then of course we’d love you to come and be our guest for free.

Please note that traditionally we do not hold meetings in July or August.

April 21st 2016 Annual Plant and Seed Swap – bring a plant or packet of seeds, take a packet or plant at Balla Community Centre

May 19th 2016 “Question Time” Session with a panel of experts at Westport Woods Hotel

June 16th 2016 Growing Herbs for Teas and Tissanes talk with Patricia Ashby and a taste of fresh, dried and commercially-produced herbal teas at The Hub, which is to the right of the main Basilica at Knock Shrine – Please bring a teapot!

July 21st 2016 No meeting

August 18th 2016 No meeting

September 15th 2016 A visit from the Falconer with his birds of prey, and discussion on why they are so important to our wildlife management at Mount Falcon Hotel, Ballina

October 20th 2016 An Edible Seaweed Introduction with Cheryl Coren Brown in Westport (directions to follow)

November 17th 2016 The Permaculture Design Process with Hannah Mole in Charlestown (directions to follow)

December 15th 2016 Sustainable Christmas Decorations with 

January 19th 2017 tbc

February 16th 2017 Organic Pig Keeping for Smallholders with Kay Mole (directions to follow)

March 16th 2017 Desert Island Tools (bring your favourite tool) and AGM (directions to follow)

Workshop Programme

Our workshops are open to members and non-members alike. Spaces are often limited so please make contact if you would like to book a place.

For the summer of 2016 we had an exciting programme of workshops in development, including cob building and forest gardening. Why not like our Facebook page to be kept up to date?

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Saturday June 25th 2016 “Clean Conscience and Alternative Animals” at Mace Middle, Claremorris

A two part workshop. Join us in the morning the Clean Conscience workshop or afternoon for the Alternative Animals. Or go mad and come to both! €25 per workshop or €20 for members. Refreshments and light lunch included. More details and booking here.

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 Saturday July 16th 2016 and Sunday July 17th “Beekeeping for Beginners” (in Association with Ballyhaunis Beekeepers Association) in Ballyhaunis

A two day workshop with Henry Horkan covering everything you need to know to get you started as a beekeeper, including a visit to the Ballyhaunis Beekeepers Association Club apiary for hands on experience. €40 for the 2 days, accompanying children are free. Refreshments included. More details and booking here

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