Cherry Orchard Community Garden is a social enterprise in Dublin 10 that supplies Dublin Food Co-op with many of the local vegetables it sells.
"We’re passionate about sustainable, healthy, locally grown food that’s good for the neighborhood and good for the planet!"
Cherry Orchard is supported by Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership as well as a group of enthusiastic and trained volunteers. First opened in 2010, it has always had a small traded income. It was recognised that there was huge potential for a social enterprise focussed on supplying fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers and so 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 it’s a social enterprise all profits are re-invested back into the community garden.
"We grow fresh seasonal produce using traditional gardening techniques and do not use any artificial fertilisers."
This year as part of their sustainability journey, they are applying for Organic producer status with the Irish Organic Association and hope to be certified in early 2023
Their product range includes salad, kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes as well as a wide variety of herbs and a whole lot more, and it available from Dublin Food Co-op.