The Organic Centre was established in 1995 as a non profit making company with charitable status (CHY 11547).The centre is located on a 19 acres site in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim and operates from an ecologically designed building with a grass roof winning the An Taisce award for “most appropriate building located in the countryside”.
Awards include the County Enterprise Award 2011 for “Contribution to the Community”, the Bord Bia National Food Award 2011 “Highly Commended Organic Tomatoes” and the Euro-Toques Award 2012 “For outstanding contribution to Irish Food through training and education”. We have received the Bridgestone and McKennas “Best in Ireland” award for many years and are now a “Discover Primary Science and Maths” centre.
The aim of the centre is to provide training and education, information and demonstration of organic gardening, growing and sustainable living. Each year since 1995 has seen significant development and currently we have :
At present the centre provides over 100 short courses ranging from gardening, food production and healthy cooking to crafts and renewable energy. Participants come from all over Ireland and some from abroad. Our major events throughout the year are our Annual Potato Day in March, The Garden Party in July and our Harvest Festival and Apple Day in September.
Our Eco Shop stocks garden organic seeds, tools, books, herb plants, seasonal vegetables and a range of organic and fair trade wholefoods.
We provide information and training for commercial growers and farmers with workshops throughout the year.
Our full-time 1-year horticultural training course is Fetac Level 5 accredited.
The Organic Centre is open to the public 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday from March to October.
We provide educational tours for schools, community groups, garden clubs and anyone interested in organic matters. Tours have to be booked and participants can choose workshops about composting, propagation, protected cropping and organic food production.
The residential Grass Roof Café at the centre is operated under independent management and open at weekends for course participants and the public. It can also cater for groups by arrangement and can be hired for outside catering.
From within Ireland: (071) 985 4338
International: +353 71 985 4338
From within Ireland: (071) 985 4343
International: +353 71 985 4343