low cost training for the expanding organic sector

Welcome to the website of the National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS). We provide high quality, low cost training for the expanding organic sector throughout the Republic of Ireland for 2014, NOTS will be providing a range of courses throughout the country.

The NOTS training programme is available to farmers, growers, processors, food businesses, and consultants working in the organic food sector. New entrants and commercial producers interested in developing their enterprise into an organic business are also eligible.

In addition to training, we are keen to facilitate organic producers and processors into networks that can address issues and opportunities for the sector. Events such as farm walks and local group meetings will be held nationwide.

We are managed through a steering group which has representation from Western Organic Network, and organic certification bodies IOFGA and Organic Trust.

As certified members of either Organic Trust or IOFGA, NOTS will keep you informed about upcoming training courses through email and webtext, if you want to exclude yourself from this service, please inform us via text or email

There are a limited number of free places to the unemployed see http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria to check your eligibility and/or contact the Network Manager on 071 9640688

The National Organic Training Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.



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We've made some presentations from our conference last year available to view directly on the website - a valuable resource for those who missed the conference, but also great for people who attended by would like to see some of the material again! Click Here to take a look

Upcoming Courses

135 Course - Tractor use in horticulture

a 2 day course on the selection, uses and implementation of a tractor in a horticultural setting ... more info

Varieties and Crop Planning for Field scale and Cover Crops.

John Hogan will provide a Masterclass on ... more info

Introduction to practical aspects of Hedgelaying

1 day introduction to the practical aspects of hedgelaying will take place on 25/10/2014 on Moynihans farm in Mallow Co ... more info

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News and Events

National Soil Symposium 2014 & Organic Producers Conference

 National Soil Symposium, ,Wednesday 26 November – ORC Producers' Conference (Day 1)Thursday 27 November – ORC Producers' Conference (Day 2) Different payment options available.


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Grassland Management Farm Walk 11th October 11am -1pm

a Farm walk focussing on grassland management on the Dairy farm of  Brian Costello of Lough Gara Farms, Boyle Co Roscommon.

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Contact Us

National Organic Training Skillnet
The Enterprise Centre,
Hill Road,
Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Tel: 071 96 40688
Fax: 071 96 40869
Email: info@nots.ie

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