World Health Day at Ballybeg Greens

This year we see The World Health Organisation (WHO) planning their 70th annual World Health Day on 7th April.
According to the website, the organisation is building the day around the theme ‘Health For All’.

The WHO is dedicating this day to fight for universal healthcare for all people in the world, with statistics from the organisation highlighting the need to focus attention on this issue:

It is estimated that half of the world’s population is lacking access to appropriate medical services, according to the WHO. Another 100 million people are forced into poverty by paying medical bills or services. The organisation wants to see more than 1 billion people gain access to the healthcare services they need by 2023.

Here at BBG, we actively look to find ways of promoting health and well-being in order to help members of our community to stay fit and healthy.

To eat healthy foods, why not try growing your own? It can be as easy as planting some lettuce in a seed tray and watching it grow.The internet is a wonderful place to look up simple ways to grow your own.

Who loves to exercise? Studies show that even moderate levels of activity can lead to a healthier, happier and longer lives with Ireland Active promoting gardening as one way of doing this.

Our head grower, Jack, regularly has useful tips and tricks that can be found on our website and on our Facebook page so do keep an eye out. If you’re in the area, you can pop into the garden to have a chat with him about what you can do to help improve the way you and your family eat.

Another great way to buy good produce is to look out for locally grown food in the shops or go to a farmers market. There are some lovely stalls in John Roberts Square on a Sunday, or you can call us on 087 438 2455 to see what we have for sale.

Preparing For Hibernation

This is a perfect time of year to gather a group of friends together, get wrapped up warm and go look at the beautiful change in the all the colours on the trees and how the sun shines just that little bit brighter as the darkness creeps in earlier and earlier.

According to the Irish Independent, “over the last 40 years, researchers have been examining how friendships affect us, what they have found is that the people we surround ourselves with have a huge effect on our mental and physical health”.

Having someone who you can laugh with as these winter months are approaching is incredibly important for our wellbeing. Having someone to laugh with, also known as “positive social interaction” can be the most important predictor of physical quality of life” (Irish Indepenedent, 2017)

So go get that wolly hat out, buy yourself a lovely new warm scarf and begin walking and laughing your way through these winter months.

Patio

The new patio in the recreation area built by Billy’s group.

Well done to all , and we hear that there is a brick border in the works as well 🙂

Here are the before and after pictures

25 Anniversary

On behalf of everybody at the Ballybeg Community Development Project we would like to thank everyone attended our 25th anniversary celebrations.
We would also like to offer special thanks to the following local businesses, whose sponsorship made the days events possible:

Musgrave Foods.
Kiely’s Butchers.
Coney Island Pizza.
Woodlawn Meats
Country Style Foods

We would also like to thank the many staff and volunteers who contributed so much of their time to make the celebrations the success that it was.

Thank you everybody!

Horticulture Training

Guys, Horticulture Training starts Friday 08/07/2016, at 9:30am. Directions to the facility below, Thanks

Posted by Ballybeg Greens on Thursday, 7 July 2016

Ballybeg Greens features in the’Community Creating Jobs’ newsletter.

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Posted by Ballybeg Greens on Monday, 27 June 2016

 

Ballybeg Greens at the Waterford Business Expo

Ballybeg Greens attended The Waterford Business Expo at Tom Murphy's dealership yesterday, Thursday the 5th. Great day…

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Level 3 QQI – Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production Course due to start 18/04/2016

Taking applications now for
Course: Level 3 QQI – Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production
Start: 18/04/2016

Location: Portlaw
For more information please contact
Email:horticulture@ballybegcdp.ie or Phone, Ballbeg CDP: 051350100


 

After successful completion of the course the learner will be able to

  • List the tools, materials and equipment required to grow outdoor vegetables
  • Explain pH levels in the soil
  • List the stages of ground preparation for vegetable sowing
  • Explain the purpose of and techniques for thinning, transplanting and weeding
  • Describe a range of preventative methods for controlling vegetable diseases and pests organically or with chemicals
  • Carry out a soil test
  • Prepare the ground for growing vegetables including clearing the ground organically or with chemicals, single digging, improving soil fertility, cross-digging the area, forking over, raking and leveling, marking out and preparing drills
  • Sow a vegetable crop from seeds or transplant a crop to outdoors
  • Use a range of techniques to maintain the vegetable crop including thinning, transplanting, watering, feeding, weed-control,mulching, disease and pest control
  • Harvest the crop at the correct stage of maturity
  • Demonstrate the application of communications, team working and quality awareness in a horticulture environment
  • Apply appropriate health, safety and personal hygiene procedures when producing a crop of vegetables.

GOOD LUCK!

Ballybeg Greens recognized by the European Social Enterprise Community

@SUSY – Sustainable and Solidarity Economy a European funded initiative for the support of the social economy through out Europe will highlight social enterprises from individual member countries in an upcoming conference. Here at Ballybeg Greens we has being chosen as part of Ireland’s submission. We would like to thank both SUSY for this privilege and the Waterford One World Center, who have promoted us brilliantly.

We would like to thank all the people who support and have supported Ballybeg Greens down the years including the staff in Ballybeg Community Development Project

Check out the video here.