New community garden to open next spring

Carrick-on-Suir’s Journeyman Programme for young people with diabilities is organising a public information day next week for its new community garden for the town that will include Halloween pumpkin carving for kids.

Carrick-on-Suir’s Journeyman Programme for young people with diabilities is organising a public information day next week for its new community garden for the town that will include Halloween pumpkin carving for kids.

The new community garden is being developed on land surrounding the Journeyman Programme’s new training centre at the Camphill Community’s farm at Ballinagrana off the Sir John’s Road.

The Journeyman Programme is a Camphill Community training initiative for young people with disabilities and the information day on the community garden it is developing will take place outside its training centre on Friday, October 26 from 2pm to 5pm.

Journeyman Programme co-ordinator Heather Lynch said they were organising the event to consult with local people about what they would like from the Ballinagrana Community Garden, which will open next spring.

They will be providing information at the open day on horticulture courses and courses on cooking using home grown produce that will be organising at the community garden next year.

“The courses will be suitable to anyone in community groups or anyone with a passion for growing things or who would like to learn how to grow garden vegetables,” she said.

The Camphill Community is also inviting community groups to use the community garden for recreation and training for its members.

There will be stalls at the information day showing home grown produce from gardens, apple pressing and there will be pumpkin carving for children.

The new community garden is being developed thanks to funding from South Tipperary Development Company through the Leader Rural Development Fund.

A rainwater harvest system, polytunnel along with a community garden building with kitchen and storeroom have so far been develope for the garden.

There are plans for a sensory garden, community and individual plots, family days as well as a wide variety of bespoke rural skills, sustainable living and gardening courses.

Heather Lynch said they hoped the South Tipperary Development Company will be able to support future training courses at the community garden.

She said the activities in the garden will run in tandem with the Journeyman training programme with the hope of creating a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.

For more information on the Ballinagrana Community Garden contact (087)785-2498, email ballinagranagarden@gmail.com or log onto Facebook/ballinagranacommunitygarden.