History

History

The Organic Centre was founded in 1995 by local organic growers and their supporters, and was the brainchild of Rod Alston, the first chairman of The Organic Centre BOM. 2015 will be our 20th Anniversary and we will celebrate the achievements of many , many people, who have helped to set up a pioneer business in challenging conditions in a remote rural corner of North Leitrim.

 

Milestones in the life of The Organic Centre

  • 1995 Buying the site and developing gardens and facilities
  • 1997 First local training initiative with FAS and first 6 weekend courses and probably the first ever organic Potato Day
  • 1999 First organic school garden in the area leading finally to the establishment of SEED a national network for school gardens in 2009
  • 2000 first cross border community garden and schools project funded by PEACE/IFI and continued till 2007
  • 2000 Linking with local accommodation providers to develop local tourism
  • 2000 September First Organic Fair with 800 visitors
  • 2001 New visitors and training centre opens
  • 2001 Neighbourwood Scheme developing a small woodland
  • 2001 Publication of “A Guide to Home Composting”
  • 2002 Study by WDC leads to Greenbox and the start of Eco-Tourism in Ireland
  • 2002 – 2005 Green Festival North West, a new concept of ecological festivals
  • 2004 First HSE funded Community Food Project promoting community gardens and developing a blueprint
  • 2006 First FETAC Level 5 training course
  • 2011 Eurotoques Food Award for outstanding contribution to Irish Food
  • 2013 More than 100 courses, 4 events, visitor gardens, new food trends course
  • 2014 New Community Garden at The Organic Centre and first INTREO training course

Contact Us

The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

Telephone:
From within Ireland: (071) 985 4338
International: +353 71 985 4338

Fax:
From within Ireland: (071) 985 4343
International: +353 71 985 4343

Email: info@theorganiccentre.ie
Website: www.theorganiccentre.ie

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