Address: Irish Seed Savers Association, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare, Ireland   Phone: +353 61 921866   Email:

Seed Savers for Schools

Mission statement

Irish Seed Savers Association is inviting primary & secondary school students to join us, as we explore exciting, practical, hands on and interactive workshops on our 20-acre working farm.

In our upcoming Autumn workshops, we discuss the importance of biodiversity, native flora and fauna and ecology. Students will practice seed saving and discover our native forest through woodland activities. We'll taste heirloom apples in our orchard and discuss the history of our Irish heritage apple tree collection, food miles and localisation. Then we make our very own apple juice on site and you can even take some home with you!

Irish Seed Savers also work in tandem with secondary school groups who want to develop projects focused on biodiversity, food security, soil and fertility or climate action. We focus on activity based learning, project work, research with field trips and study visits.
Please email for bookings and more information.

Our aim is to teach and inspire children about all aspects of biodiversity, to give them the practical life skills to grow their own food and to empower them to feel that they can be part of the solution rather than part of the environmental problem and to instill in them a lifelong love and respect for nature.

Skills they will learn through taking part in any of our programmes can include

  • Growing food
  • Composting and Soil
  • Tree planting
  • Habitats
  • Seed saving
  • Seed sowing
  • Seasons
  • Food chains and food webs
  • Native tree identification
  • Native flora and fauna identification
  • Organic gardening
School Visit1
"The children really enjoyed the day. When asked what their favourite part was they couldn't decide between the plant hunt, the mini-beast hunt or sowing the seeds. Overall a great day."
Ballina N.S., Co. Tipperary
"Very well organised, very child friendly, simple but educational activities, time was spot on."
St. Mary's B.N.S.
"Áine and Veronica were excellent múinteoirí on the day. The worksheets were an excellent way of getting the children involved. The apple tasting in the orchard was a huge success, so was Betsy. All our seeds are planted, keep up the good work."
Monaleen N.S.


For more details and booking please contact:

Áine Ní Fhlatharta (Education Coordinator)
Irish Seed Savers Association
Co. Clare
Ph 061 921866 or 061 921856

School Visit2

ISSA all year round primary and post primary education programme includes the following:

Primary schools

  • Autumn and Winter ecology workshops
  • Spring and Summer ecology workshops
  • End of year school tours
  • Outreach programmes to establish school gardens
  • Easter and Summer Eco camps
  • Halloween and Christmas day-activities more

Post Primary

  • Leaving Cert ecology field trips (Sept/Oct/Mar/April/May)
  • Transition year ecology workshops
  • Leaving Cert applied, basic horticulture more

Teachers/Schools more

Outreach Programme more

Kids Camp

Opening Times
Tues - Fri 10.00am - 4.30pm
Sat 12pm - 4.30pm
Closed Sun - Mon
Entrance to Organic Seed Gardens, Orchards and Woodlands is free to children & subscribers.

Irish Seed Savers CLG - Registered Charity Number 20045029, CHY 13989
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This project is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal through the Community Services Programme.

We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

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