Join us for a truly Irish Rural Horticulture Experience, learn how to grow salads, fruits, herbs and vegetables and enjoy the Irish countryside.
We are Donie O'Brien and Emer O'Flaherty. We grow organic salad in polytunnels and outside beds. We have a small farm of 1.5 acres. We sell to restaurants and hotels in Limerick city. We live 3km from the village of Ballyagran and 10km from the town of Charleville.
You can see us in this video for Limerick's Strand Hotel 'Food Story' with Chef Tom Flavin who loves our salad.
You can eat lots of this salad and fresh vegetables every day when you work with us.
We also grow lots of herbs, fruit & vegetables and we keep hens & bees. We follow Organic principles.
We have been hosting volunteers since 2004.
We try to live sustainably.
We supply good food and comfortable private accommodation in a heated, insulated, fully furnished cabin. We also have a twin room in the house for extra volunteers in the busy summer months.
We have morning breaks together and one group meal together on Wednesdays.
We are happy to provide lifts to the train or bus for weekend travel to Cork, Tralee, Dingle, Killarney, Kinsale, Ennis, Doolin.....
Tasks might include seed sowing, transplanting, digging, weeding, watering, harvesting, feeding hens, bee-keeping, chopping wood, walking the dogs, never the one task for too long. You can learn a lot here if you are interested in growing food.
Our village, Ballyagran, (3km) has a friendly shop and a pub with great Guinness. The town of Charleville (11km)has banks, library with free wifi, shops, train and bus stations, we have bikes for your use.
We can accommodate vegetarians but not vegans.
When you e-mail please send possible dates of arrival (Sunday) and departure (Saturday). You can also phone us to ask questions.
Photo 1: seed trays ready for transplanting;
photo 2:Donie, Tom and Bosco the dog;
photo 3: our newly built cabin accommodation for volunteers with compost toilet, wood stove, gas cooker, one double and one single bed, electricity; very warm and well insulated
photo 4:Donie and Emer mixing baby salad leaf for sale to hotels and restaurants;
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