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Our Garden

With greater understanding of the links between food source and mental and physical well-being there has never been a better time to think about growing our own food and Kilkenny School of Food, Thomastown is leading the way. It has taken the next innovative step to develop and landscape the gardens to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to the School’s kitchens and in time to restaurant and hotel kitchens.

With the appointment of Head Gardener John Kelly work began in early February to transform the space over the coming months.

School of Food Director, Pat Fitzgerald also extended his appreciation to SuperValu. “It would be a lot more difficult to get projects like this off the ground without the support of local business such as SuperValu who are committed to seeing Thomastown develop the next generation of sustainable businesses and we are grateful for their support”.     

Activities happening in the garden include the introduction of a Garden Club. Membership of this club will include a monthly ‘clinic’ with the School’s Head Gardener, John Kelly, to discuss your garden queries together with a monthly seed packet (with instructions on how to grow your own vegetables), a monthly ezine, 10% discount on all School classes and a summer get-together. 

The School has also launched its series of Garden Classes in association with The Organic Centre, Leitrim. We are delighted to be partnering with such a successful and knowledgeable organisation. For more information on these workshops see here: http://schooloffood.ie/garden

Finally, plans are ongoing at present to offer a Children’s Camp in the Garden during the summer months, to compliment the Children’s Cooking Camps which are already up and running.