THE FRUITS, literal and otherwise, of the work of students at the Dromcollogher Organic College will be on display to the public later this month when it holds its annual open day.
An tIonad Glas will once again be throwing open its doors to members of the public on the evening of Thursday, September 13 as part of National Organic Week.
The college, one of the foremost of its kind in the entire country, will showcase its gardens, nursery and free range hens, as well as providing samples of its home-grown produce and snippets of information about organic farming.
Jim McNamara of An tIonad Glas said that in the 20 years since the college was founded, Irish people have become acutely aware of the value of quality local produce.
“People are beginning to care more about their food, where it comes from and how it is produced. The college has seen a big increase in demand for places in recent years, which shows more and more people are growing organically and sourcing local, organic food”.
The open day will begin at the Buckley’s Terrace college at 5pm with tours of its gardens, tree nursery, vegetable and herb polytunnels, poultry area, and its beehives.
At 6.30pm guests will be treated to samples of local seasonal produce, including jams and preserves made on site. This will be followed at 7.30pm with the launch of a new venture, a dedicated college shop ‘An Siopa Glas’. At 8pm, a number of brief presentations will be given by guest lecturers including Cllr Jerome Scanlan.