Gardening classes are either certified, like FETAC, or non-certified like our “Introduction to Organic Growing” course. Courses are run for residents groups with an emphasis on making hanging baskets and containers by request. Our ABC (Allotment, Back Garden and Community Garden) course provides training in organic horticulture over 2 years, with the second year being accredited by FETAC at Level 4. Participants work in our community garden and are encouraged and supported to grow at home in their own back garden/yard and/or to join our allotment project. We also run courses in organic horticulture at FETAC Level 3 and 4, under the BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) of the Department of Education and Skills.
We are currently supporting a Social Horticulture group here in our Organic Garden . The group was set up as a Pilot Project in conjunction with Tipperary Education and Training Board, Irish Wheelchair Association and a Horticulturist / Therapist.The goal is to get people involved and socially interacting with others. Evidence gained from research demonstrates that horticultural therapy provides the following benefits;
- Promotes Social Inclusion and the chance to form new friendships
- Provides a sense of ownership, purpose and achievement.
- Improves social skills through team working and developing friendships.
- Increases confidence and improves self – esteem.
- Improves Mental Health
- Promotes Independence.
- Improves physical health and increases awareness of the importance of a balanced diet.
The group meets each Thursday morning from 10.-12.30pm approx.