BY LIZ DUNPHY
A NEW course at Bandon Allotments could help you stick to those New Year’s health resolutions by teaching you how to grow your own vegetables and offer a special reduced rate on allotments.
Cork County Council will sponsor this ‘Grow Your Own Food’ course and any newcomers to the allotments who complete the free part-time course, will be offered a plot for a special price of €20 for the year.
Details of the course were announced this week in Bandon Town Hall.
Paul O’Regan, who will teach the course, said that the course is mostly aimed at empowering people with the knowledge and ability to grow their own food, with an emphasis on education and on good, nutritious food sources.
‘The course will be flexible enough to meet the requirements of those attending it,’ he said.
‘If a few people are very interested in flower growing, for example, we can absolutely arrange an evening class on that too.’
The course will cover various aspects of gardening in small spaces, and it will show you how to take that space successfully from seed to harvest, through sustainable organic horticulture.
The course will consist of approximately one talk per month, but it will also have a practical side.
O’Regan spoke at the information evening this week, giving details of the course.
Allotments are generally available for €100 for a large plot, and €80 for a smaller plot, for one year at the Bandon site.
Log onto the Bandon Allotment on Facebook for more information, or contact Dermot at 086 3354581.
The allotment garden is located in Cloughmacsimon – a short distance off the bypass, right behind Coláiste Na Toirbhirte.w