Food Academy

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Cherry Orchard Community Garden

Cherry Orchard Community Garden and Allotments was officially opened in 2010. Our goal is to provide an amenity for local residents and volunteers including training and employment opportunities. The Community Garden is supported by Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership as well as a group of enthusiastic and trained volunteers.

The Garden has always had a small traded income and it was recognised that there is huge potential for a social enterprise focussed on supplying fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers. Funding was successfully sought from Dublin City Council and the Department of Rural and Community Affairs for a Garden Manager to develop the social enterprise. As we’re a social enterprise all profits are re-invested back into our community garden.

We grow fresh seasonal produce using traditional gardening techniques and do not use any artificial chemicals. Our product range includes salad, kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes as well as a wide variety of herbs, flowers and a whole lot more.

When our customers buy our locally grown vegetables, they are supporting a local social enterprise that is aiming to be truly sustainable with low energy inputs, low food miles and a low carbon footprint. This year as part of our sustainability journey, we’ll be applying for Organic producer status with the Irish Organic Association.

Taking part in the Supervalu Food Academy has been a hugely beneficial experience for the Community Garden and we are very excited with this amazing opportunity to supply locally grown vegetables to Supervalu customers. We highly recommend the SuperValu Food Academy programme to any new producers interested in working with SuperValu.

We’re passionate about sustainable, healthy, locally grown food that’s good for the neighbourhood and good for the planet!

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