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Rural community gardening

23 January 2010 23:24:09

I had to go to Cork for work today so I went by train.  Coming back, I was reading the Grow Your Own magazine - a UK publication.  I am only new to this magazine and from what I have read so far, it is an excellent magazine for fruit and vegetable growers.

Anyway, there was a 2 page spread on rural community gardening.  I read down through them and there, the last one was about Castlefarm, Co. Kildare.  As you can imagine, I was surprised that someplace in Ireland would feature in a UK publication.  The article was the height of praise for the owners - Peter & Jenny Young.

They are organic dairy farmers but noticed the demand for growing space so they set up 30 allotments as well as a community plot in Dec 2008.  The plots are 6m by 5m, and supplied with manure, water, sheds and picnic benches.  They also organise courses for new gardeners on topics such as choosing crops and sowing techniques, thought by organic experts Grace Maher and Paula Pender.   

Isn't that just excellent?  What a great way to start growing fruit and vegetables.


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 January 2010 23:38:24

Yes Mairin, really great. I keep saying I should get a subscription. Have you got the address to send a cheque.

Mairin Mairin 23 January 2010 23:41:33

I did it online under the BBC's publications.  I can't put my hand on the actual web address right this second but leave it with me. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 January 2010 23:42:32

Appreciate it, thanks.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 24 January 2010 00:25:06

Very good magazine I pick it up each month in Monaghan, read the article which was very interesting shows inititive.

Drumanagh Drumanagh 24 January 2010 02:34:04

Hi Mairin. How's things? Know of any allotments going in the North County area?

fran m fran m 24 January 2010 08:27:43

Very interesting, I think a lot of farmers are doing that accross the country.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 January 2010 08:33:49

I would love to share an allotment with someone. I think Dave said something about them setting up some allotment in St. Anne's Park in Raheny, which would be just a short drive for me. It would be 'the best'.But I believe the waiting list is phenomenal. I would probably be of retiring age by the time I got something.

fran m fran m 24 January 2010 08:41:37

No harm in contacting them and seeing what the story is, never know, they might have other wanting to share. For it to really work well for you it needs to be close to home. No time lost travelling etc.

Mairin Mairin 24 January 2010 12:20:02



Jacinta - link for you for subscription.

Mairin Mairin 24 January 2010 12:30:05

Alison, new allotments were announced in Lusk in 2009 but once announced they were informed by Fingal County Council that they needed planning permission.  It is possible that they now have it.  The allotment holders were the Maxwell family. Walking distance Lusk, Convenient to Malahide, Swords, Balbriggan

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They are on the old main Belfast Road.  At Blakes Cross, don't turn for Lusk but keep going straight.  There is a primary school on the right hand side and almost immediately on the left hand side is the farm.  It might be worth ringing them first as I have not heard if they have got planning. 

unagrant unagrant 26 January 2010 14:11:27

I buy that magazine as well. It's jammed pack with information.  I was also surprised to read about the people in Kidare, good luck to them


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