History

History

The Organic Centre was founded in 1995 by local organic growers, farmers and supporters, and was the brainchild of Rod Alston. Developed on a 19 acre  green field site at the foot of limestone hills beside Lough Melvin, the Centre operates in fairly challenging conditions, and is a clear demonstration that organic growing is something we can all do.

 

The Centre was to developed to encourage organic production, the sustainable and ecological use of land, and to promote education and inclusion.   We started with 6 weekend courses and have worked hard to ensure that we stay up to date and offer people high quality information and training.

 

The Centre is  25 years old next year and we will  be celebrating the people, who helped set up, support and develop the centre over the last 25 years. We recognise their effort and energy, and appreciate their ingenuity.  There is nowhere else quite like it. 

To date, some of our milestones include

  • 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 Organic Potato Day ever!
  • 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

To find out more about the centre, why not come for a visit,  we have an bundles of expertise in all things green and organic, and we offer you a warm welcome.

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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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