Brown Envelope Seeds: They grow and sell certified organic vegetable seeds in West Cork Ireland. All the seeds are open pollinated, and suited to Irish conditions.
Fruit Hill Farm: Organic Farm and Garden Specialists. They stock a broad supply of tools & equipment, composts, seeds and protection items against pests.
Irish Seed Savers: Baesd in Scariff, Co. Clare. They grow, conserve, & distribute Irish organic vegetable seeds, grains and fruit trees. Irish Seed Savers Association is a registered charity.
Quickcrop: Suppliers of garden equipment, raised beds, composts and seeds.
Seedaholic: providing the type of seeds (organic and non-organic) and the class of service that they would like to receive. They include detailed information for each packet of seeds.
The Herb Garden: a Certified Organic Herb Nursery, established by Denise Dunne in 1995.
The Organic Centre: The Eco Shop stocks garden organic seeds, tools, books, herb plants, seasonal vegetables and a range of organic and fair trade wholefoods.
Online Information, Courses and Workshops:
Airfield Estate: an urban farm in Dundrum, Dublin 14, the 38-acre estate is a fitting tribute of what agricultural land can achieve. Its team run creative events and programmes, using food to help build life skills in children and offering adults of all abilities the opportunity to learn and socialise in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Carraig Dúlra Organic and Permaculture Farm: Established in 2007, Carraig Dúlra Ltd is a family-owned social enterprise dedicated to providing education, experiences, and connections related to sustainable living. Courses are offered in areas such as Permaculture Design, foraging and nature walks, organic gardening, community collaboration and more.
Composting (Stop Food Waste): The place to go for anything relating to compost making. An absolute treasure trove of information including the basics, techniques, downloadable leaflets and posters, map of demo sites, etc
Cloughjordan Ecovillage: The Ecovillage offers courses in a range of areas related to climate change, building, sustainability and community. Ecovillages are urban or rural communities of people who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.
Gardener’s World: Practical gardening advice from the BBC Gardeners‘ World Magazine team on what to do in your garden and greenhouse.
GIY (Grow It Yourself): Hosts to RTE series “Grow, Cook, Eat”, GIY website has information mostly aimed to people starting to grow vegetables at home. GIY Headquarters also run workshops.
Greenside Up: Dee Sewell shares her knowledge about the many benefits of community gardening to both communities and people. She is a qualified transformative community education tutor, and social and therapeutic horticulturalist. Dee runs many workshops and training courses.
Irish Seed Savers Association: ISSA’s main objective is to conserve Ireland’s very special and threatened plant genetic resources. Its work focuses on the preservation of heirloom and heritage food crop varieties that are suitable for Ireland’s unique growing conditions. They run open days for schools and workshops throughout the year on various topics to help inform and teach others how to save seeds and grow their own food and be self-sustainable and to help encourage greater food security for future generations.
National Botanic Gardens: Home to A Teagasc Horticultural Courses, the Gardens also provide day trip visits for schools, themed tours, lectures and workshops.
National Organic Training – Skillnet.: NOTS provides a wide variety of in-depth courses to farmers, growers, processors, food businesses, agricultural professionals, and consultants working throughout the organic, food, and agricultural sectors.
No Dig Organic Gardening (UK): Carles Dowding, a pioner of no-dig gardening shares his experience on growing organic vegetables in Somerset and gives many tips on creating new beds, sowing, how to deal with the day to day problems encountered, etc.
Ourganic Gardens: Joanne and Milo Butler’s OURganic Gardens has become an outdoor green space focused on food, sustainability, and horticulture. They provide educational courses , volunteer days , experience and training as well as community garden events and garden walks at their home in NorthWest Donegal.
Patrick Hunt Gardening: Providing Workshops, Course and Consultancy on Gardening and Biodiversity for Schools, Community Group, Businesses and those interested in growing food with nature in mind.
RHS School Gardening (UK): A wealth of resources for schools , parents and anybody working with children to get youngsters interested in gardening. The selection includes, activities, projects, lesson plans, info sheets, spotter guides, how to ….
River Cottage (UK): River Cottage has given millions of TV viewers a taste for great cooking since 1999, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his famous food ethos to Channel 4. Its hard-hitting campaigns have changed eating habits of many and improved the welfare and sustainability of animals and fish.
The Organic Centre: The courses, delivered by expert lecturers, cover an impressive array of subjects from organic gardening, leading edge health and well-being, cooking and artisan food making, to green arts and crafts and back again.
Biodiversity, Climate Change & Sustainability:
Biodiversity Ireland: Documenting Ireland’s wildlife. Very good & accessible information provided in the resources section.
Cultivate: is a practical sustainability organisation focused on active education – based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary.
Easytreesie.com: help children to plant a tree to combat climate change as a symbolic and practical action.
Earthwatch (Connecting People, Advancing Science, Conserving the Planet):
GARDENS: Actions to Help Pollinators Guide (by Biodiversity Ireland)
Stop Food Waste: very good resources on issues like planning what food to buy, how to store, recycle, composting, etc. Posters and downloadable materials.
Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority)
Community Gardens Ireland: National Association Supporting Community Gardens in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Garden.ie (Ireland’s Gardening Community): Garden.ie Ireland’s online gardening club for garden lovers.
GIY (Grow It Yourself) groups: open groups that organize regular meetings to talk about topics related with growing food and share their own experiences, swap seeds, seedlings, etc.
- Dundrum: Based in Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14, D14 EE77
- Head Office: GROW HQ, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford, Ireland
Irish Organic Association: Over thirty five years of experience in inspecting, certifying and networking with organic farmers and processors has placed the association in a unique position to serve a dynamic and growing organic market
Men’s Sheds Association: Currently, there are over 450 sheds in Ireland, with at least 10,000 men visiting a shed every week. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry and community work. The website has a very good “Shed finder” facility.
Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI): A charity, dedicated to promoting and improving the knowledge, skill and practice of horticulture, arboriculture and floral art while encouraging respect for the environment and creating a sense of community amongst its members. Head Office is in Laurelmere Cottage, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham.
The National Allotment Society (UK): the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. Much of the information provided in their website can be extrapolated to Ireland.
Tidy Towns Groups: volunteers come together within the community and work to make local areas welcoming and attrative. In recent years they are playing a very relevant role to increase awareness on climate change and biodiversity. Find your local group on their main website.
Dublin Community Growers
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