Milestones of The Organic Centre

MILESTONES OF The Organic Centre

1995 Buying the site and developing gardens and facilities

1997 First local training initiative with FAS and first weekend courses and probably the first ever Annual Organic Potato Day

1998 starting the Orchard, developed 2000 and completed 2003

1999 First organic school garden in Rossinver 2000 PEACE 1 first cross border community training project

2000 Training for local accommodation providers

2000 September First Organic Fair in the hay barn (800 visitors)

2001 New visitors and training centre open

2001 Neighbourwood Scheme developing the woodland with Steven Meyen

2001 First Annual Apple Day

2001 Publication of “A Guide to Home Composting”

2002 Study by WDC leads to Greenbox and the start of Eco-Tourism in Ireland

2002 The Grass Roof Café opens

2002 An Taisce Environmental Award for “most appropriate building located in the countryside”

2002 – 2005 Green Festivals North West

2003 – 2007 PEACE 2 community training


2004 First HSE funded Community Food Project starting the community garden revolution in the North West and beyond

2006 First FETAC Level 5 training course

2007 Building Peace through our Shared Environment

2009 Founding SEED, a national network for school gardens

2009 – 2012 Stall at Sligo Farmers Market

2010 first combined Course Programme and Seed Catalogue

2011 The Organic Centre Plus team creates the Eco-Park Kinlough

2011 First Bridgestone/McKennas Guide Award

2011 Eurotoques Food Award for outstanding contribution to Irish Food

2011 National Organic Awards – Highly commended – Cherry Tomatoes

2012 One World Project

2013 More than 100 courses, 4 events, visitor gardens, new food trends

2014 Community Garden at The Organic Centre

2014 INTREO training courses

2015 20th Anniversary Celebrations

2016 First Irish Fermentation Festival

2016 Tomato Taste Trial with 60 varieties

2016 Winner National Organic Awards – Best Fresh Produce – Salad Bags

2016 Highly commended in the Irish Food Writers Guild Community Food Awards

2016 The Organic Centre is a member of Taste Leitrim and the Sligo Food Trail

2017 The second international Irish Fermentation Festival

2017 The first Taste Leitrim Food Festival coincides with our annual Apple Day

2017 Our soil experience box explains the history of The Organic Centre in soil terms

2018 …the story continues


Contact Us

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

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

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


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