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OURganic gardens, a community led social enterprise based in Gortahork (Ireland) .

Empowering the community ,growing OUR food and creating a sustainable future .

Rural topic(s): Places to be (work in progress), Agroecology and agroforestry

Type: Narrative story

Date of writing: August 31, 2021

Organization(s): OURganic Gardens


§ A few words on OURganic gardens.

A community led social enterprise based in Gortahork , Co Donegal . Empowering the community , Growing OUR food and creating a sustainable future .

OURganic Gardens is based on a four acre small holding with vegetable and fruit gardens and a mature woodland. We run educational course on the environment and related themes as well as hosting a community garden and volunteers to the gardens. We are in the process of starting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and also host Erasmus students and Workaway volunteers. We can offer a broad aspect of running our social enterprise. Co Ordinator Joanne is also involved in Community Gardens Ireland and her local Donegal Community Gardens Network aswell as the Donegal Environmental Public Participation Network and various Permaculture projects throughout the country. OURganic Gardens is currently on the Irish SeedSavers Seed Guardian training for this year and they are looking forward to becoming a Seed Guardians for Irish Seed Savers Association (ISSA).

♪ What kind of experience can you have there…

Visiting OURganic you can make rich experiences in the following fields of activities:

  • agriculture

  • permaculture

  • agroforestry/ Forestry

  • seed saving

  • organising of events, trainings

You can visit the place as a WWOOFER, participate in an event or as an on-line visitor.

☼ Travel information & Location

Donegal is a county and a town in the northwest of Ireland at the mouth of the River Eske. The name refers to an early medieval Viking castle. Dún na nGall literally means “fortress of the strangers”. Donegal Bay is home to a seal colony, cormorants and cranes.

Find a description for the best way to get there on the Donegal Travel website.

☺ Contact


Scale of intervention : Local

Keywords: community supported agriculture - CSA, organic farming, gardening, permaculture, short food chain

Places: Ireland

Actors: farmer, CSA (Community Supported agriculture)

Methods: training workshop, non formal learning