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Cert. in GACP. (Good Agricultural & Collection Practices) Friday 17th April 2020

A half day certificate course with Herbalist and Grower Ross Hennessy from Ivywood Botanicals at the East Clare co-op.


This course is aimed at the organic farmer or wildcrafter who wishes to grow/harvest medicinal crops and sell them for processing into Herbal medicines. GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards must be implemented for the processing of medicinal plants and GACP is an excellent set of guidelines used during the growing,harvesting and transportation of these plants. GACP insures full trace-ability back to the seed source for each medicinal product. Following GACP standards insures that only the highest quality plants are grown but are also harvested at their optimal times. The course content is compiled from years of crop trials that Ross has carried out and up to date European guidelines.


We will cover the following topics on the day:



  • Best practice for harvesting and packing.
  • How and why it is important to be compliant in growing medicinal crops
  • Full trace ability using GACP
  • Documentation that is needed for each crop
  • Prices paid for harvested plants in 2019
  • Expected yields of crops
  • Over 60 medicinal crops covered including Hemp/Cannabis
  • Crops that are need this year and over the coming years
  • Correct identification and wildcrafting
  • Special requirements for certain crops
  • Drying and exporting

On the day we can discuss individually with farmers what crops would be suitable for them to grow and what price they will receive for their crop.

You will receive a certificate of completion from this course which can be used when selling your plant material to herb companies.

***YOUR LOCATION IS IMPORTANT IF ONLY COLLECTING SMALL QUANTITIES OR FRESH HERBS. In order to make the harvesting and collecting a viable option for you, you will need to think of delivering the fresh plants to the processing facility. There are a few options in Ireland with the main facility based at Shanbally Herb Dispensary outside of Nenagh. Roots & bark can be be sent by courier from anywhere in Ireland but fresh flowers, leaf, seed and berries will need to be delivered straight after harvest.

***YOUR LOCATION IS NOT IMPORTANT IF DRYING ONSITE. Drying your herbs means you can ship your herbs to foreign companies for further processing. (Drying herbs overlaps into GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), but we will discuss it)


  • Date: Friday 17th April 1-5pm
  • Location: East Clare Coop, Main Street, Scarriff, Co. Clare. (Garden Cafe open for lunch, tea and coffee)
  • Cost: €55 per person or €100 for two
  • Number of Participants: 15
  • Booking with paypal (credit/debit card) or contact us for other options(cheque, bank transfer)
  • Contact Ross for further questions 087 6272633
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About Ivywood

Herbalists Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso have moved their businesses and family to a new piece of land in Co Clare. They are busy creating new spaces on the land to reestablish their clinical practice and medicinal herb nursery. Formerly Bareroot Botanicals and Iona Herbal they have now renamed the woodland and business Ivywood.