Soil & Nutrition – How does your Garden grow? – Saturday April 15th – 10am – 4:30pm

Join experienced Vegetable Gardener/Organic Farmer and Nutritional Therapist Alexandra Dobbs on a journey of exploration of how our gut health and soil health are intricately interlinked. Why does it matter how our vegetables are grown? How can I naturally feed my gut microbiome? Which vegetables and fruits can be grown in the Irish climate that feed our gut health? How do our food choices not only affect our own health, but also that of our soils and ultimately that of our climate? How does all this affect our gut microbiome and immune system, not to forget our mental and emotional health?


Learning outcomes

  • Gut health and which foods we should eat to support it.
  • Plants we can grow ourselves.
  • How farming practices affect not just the health of our soils and entire globe but also the health of our guts.
  • Benefits of organic farming, permaculture and rewilding areas of your garden.
  • How do we, as individuals, fit in and how can we make a difference?


Practical skills

  • Regenerative gardening practices
  • Which plants can we grow in Ireland to feed our guts?
  • Planting for our health: growing plants to incorporate in our daily diet


Tutor – Alexandra Dobbs

Alexandra Dobbs is Ireland’s Own Health and Lifestyle columnist for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organic Farming and runs a Nutritional Therapy clinic and farm in South Wicklow offering farm holidays and Grow Your Own courses showing people where their food comes from, how it grows and how to cook it for best health. Visit to learn more.


Cost: €80

Please bring a small trowel + seeds & plants to share if you have extra from your garden + seeds you have questions about or consider growing.


Bookings & Information

Our courses always get positive feedback from participants and you will benefit from on hand expert tutors with years of experience in their field. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and spend some time in our gardens, orchards and woodlands in beautiful East Clare.

You can book courses online or you can telephone us on 061 921866 or 921856.

  • Workshop prices: from €80
  • 10% discount for supporters.
  • Workshops suitable for adults only – children under 18 years are not permitted to attend.
  • There is a 100% refund for cancellations made at least 2 Weeks prior to the course date. No refund after that time.
  • Café serving lunch and refreshments

The Night Orchard Pop Up Café will open onsite at Irish Seed Savers on each course day serving hearty lunches, soups, homemade cakes and tea / coffee. The café is vegetarian and uses organic, locally sourced, in-season ingredients to produce healthy and nutritious food.