Tuesday, January 21st saw the launch of an exciting new community based gardening venture at the Organic Centre in Rossinver.
The Centre, now in its 19thyear has recruited over 20 local people who are interested in growing their own vegetables, herbs and fruit, as part of a group of community gardeners.
People who wish to join the Community Garden pay a set fee over the duration of the project which lasts for a calendar year.
In exchange, participants will be able to grow organic produce in three large polytunnels (80m by 20m) and in the quarter acre outdoor production area known as the ‘Robin’s Garden’.
General Manager, Andy Hallewell commented: “This is a very attractive project for local people wishing to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit.
“The fee for joining the project will quickly be recouped by participants in terms of the produce that is taken home.”
One of the benefits of the project to the Organic Centre is that in signing up to the project, participants will help the organisation to grow a range of organic transplants from seeds and cuttings for sale at local shops and markets.
Project Coordinator Dick Roberts explained: “Participants will attend for a minimum of two hours per week, at least half of which time is given over to the production of transplants on behalf of the Organic Centre.
People will be guided by Organic Centre staff as to how to grow these transplants and there will be a lot of valuable learning in it for any keen, willing-to-learn gardener.
Apart from the obvious benefits of delicious organic produce for the kitchen table and the development of organic gardening skills, the venture has other additional benefits for participants.
Many studies have shown the physical and mental health benefits of gardening and growing, and these benefits are often increased through developing friendships and social contact with other gardeners in such projects.
Numbers for the new project are limited and anyone interested in further information should contact the Organic Centre on 071 9854338 in advance and ask for Andy or Dick.
The Community Garden is open to all, however a basic level of gardening ability is a minimum requirement.