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Kerry Earth Education Project (K.E.E.P) at Gortbrack Organic Farm, was formed in 2000. KEEP is an environmental education company that works directly with schools, community groups and special needs groups in the development of sustainable ongoing organic garden and native habitat projects.


KEEP works in six main areas:

  1. Organic School Gardens Project for primary and secondary schools

  2. Farm Tours and Nature Trails day trips for primary and secondary schools to Gortbrack Farm

  3. Community Gardening Projects in local communities, and special needs centres

  4. Training for Trainers, in-service teacher training courses

  5. Training Courses, the Saturday morning course, intro to organic gardening

  6. Eco Landscaping, designing gardens for food and wildlife

  7. Tree Nursery Project, working with schools, communities and Ballyseedy woods to develop native tree stocks


KEEP offer...


Planning Day: KEEP will come to your school and spend the day with a class re-designing their school grounds into an Environmental design. The school will be left with a design for the grounds, which they can then develop, on their own or in conjunction with KEEP. Budget for garden development can be requested.

If you’re interested in getting KEEP to design your school grounds please contact us.

Ongoing Organic Garden Projects: KEEP works on long-term sustainable eco garden projects, working with schools throughout the year to develop their school grounds into an outdoor classroom. KEEP develop and grow vegetables, woodlands, native hedgerow, wildlife area, orchard and fruit bushes to name a few in these projects. All these projects are linked into the school curriculum.



1. Organic School Gardens Project

Many children are brought up in areas that are very out of touch with their environment & natural heritage. They may not have learned the true value of eco-systems such as stonewalls ditches, native hedges, ponds or woodlands.

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They can pass through their childhood without sowing a seed or knowing where their food comes from. They may not understand or see the connection between themselves and their natural environment.

An organic gardening project is a very positive teaching tool to show how our natural environment & heritage makes us who we are. As an educational resource, it is promoting biological diversity & our natural heritage.

KEEP aims to bring nature & our heritage in to the school grounds. The children will learn varied & diverse skills, from planting native trees & hedges, to planting native/heritage grains, vegetables & herbs. They will also learn heritage skills such as working with willow, sowing wildflowers and creating a range of diverse wildlife eco-systems.

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2. Farm Tour and Nature Trail

We are now a Discover Primary Science Centre on Gortbrack. For more information on availing of this education programme click here

Primary and Secondary schools can avail of an educational day trip to Gortbrack Organic Farm. The day trip consists of a farm tour, practical farm activities, a scavenger hunt and creative educational games.

If you’re interested in bringing your school up for a day trip to Gortbrack please contact us


3. Community Gardening Projects

KEEP works on long term sustainable community organic garden projects in community settings. KEEP work with local community groups, special needs groups, youth groups and clubs. KEEP can design a community garden in an estate, day care centre or run short term garden courses. KEEP designs ecological, edible, environmental and habitat gardens.

For more information please contact us.


training trainers4. Training for Trainers

KEEP has been running in service training for primary school teachers for 3 years. This course gives teachers the tools to set up their own organic garden in their school grounds. Two courses are run at Gortbrack, through the KES every summer,
in the first week and last week of the summer holidays.

For more information on 2008’s courses, please contact us.





5. Training Courses KEEP run:

* The Saturday morning course on Gortbrack Organic Farm
* FETAC Level 3 and 4 – organic horticulture, local organic food, plant care & maintenance, at Shanakill Rahoonane Community Garden, Tralee Town
* Other courses in development: Introduction to organic gardening, The complete environmental garden design course, Introduction to Permaculture Design

Courses in organic growing have been held here at Gortbrack for the past few years. We provide opportunities for developing new skills, and the experience of a fully working farm. It promotes local food production and sustainable waste management through recycling, composting and reed bed systems. The farm provides both theoretical and practical training, in a fun, healthy environment.

For more information on these courses please contact us..

In Progress:

KEEP are currently developing a training course for Environmental Educators. The course aims to teach educators how to run local environmental education programmes in schools and communities, through practical hands on training, visits to existing projects and some basic course work.

6. Eco Landscaping

Gortbrack is dedicated to designing gardens for wildlife by creating habitats for our native flora and fauna; and to edible garden design, helping people to start growing their own vegetables again no matter what size garden they have.

KEEP work in the following design areas:

* Native Hedgerow and Woodland Planting
* Gardens for Wildlife
* Edible Garden Design
* Natural Eco garden design – Permaculture Design
* Sensory Gardens



3. Tree Nursery Project

working with schools, communities and Ballyseedy woods to develop native tree stocks.

For more information please contact us.


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