Organic Market Gardening 2020 – with Jim Cronin

Please note: Organic Market Gardening 2020 is now SOLD OUT. However, we still have availability on Jim Cronin’s “Intro to Market Gardening” course. This course takes place over 7 Saturdays, beginning on February 8th.


Taught by legendary gardening and horticulture expert Jim Cronin at his farm in Co Clare, this course will enable participants to grow vegetables for home consumption and to set the foundations for a healthy vibrant garden.



Taught by legendary horticultural expert Jim Cronin, this FETAC Level 5 course will equip participants with the knowledge and work methods of how to set up, cultivate and finance a plot, polytunnel, or field for supplying a farmer’s market, restaurant or a box scheme with vegetables and herbs throughout the year.

The course follows the growing season, and is open to complete beginners as well as more experienced gardeners.

Dates & Time:
Every second Wednesday from January 29th to September 23rd inclusive

The dates are as follows:

– January 29th
– February 12th | 26th
– March 11th | 25th
– April 8th | 22th
– May 6th | 20th
– June 3rd | 17th
– July 1st  | 15th | 29st
– August 12th | 26th
– September 9th | 22nd | 23rd

The course in 2020 will be at FETAC Level 5  Fruit & Vegetable Production QQI 5N2552.


Jim Cronin


Co Clare
V94 EH50


  • €980 when you book through NOTS

Full price of the course is €1,400 – less 30% Skillnet funding which leaves the cost of the course at €980 payable to NOTS.

Course Content / Modules:

  • Organic Principles & Horticultural Principles
  • Composting
  • Crop calendar
  • Crop rotation
  • Cultural details for each crop
  • Field crops
  • Green Manures
  • Harvesting
  • Herbs
  • Horticultural machinery & hand tools
  • Marketing & Pricing
  • Pest and disease control using organic methods
  • Plant raising
  • Planting techniques
  • Product sources
  • Propagation
  • Protected cropping
  • Soil fertility and cultivation
  • Sourcing seeds & selecting varieties
  • Sowing
  • Sowing plan

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