So tell me a little bit about yourself, where you are from, where you studied, etc.
I’m originally from Westport in County Mayo. I started my first year in college in WIT studying a Bsc. in Horticulture. I then moved down to Waterford permanently to finish the last two years of college and have stayed here ever since.
What made you want to study horticulture? Was it something that began in school or something that developed a little later?
I have always been interested in food. My family has a background of growing their own food. So the interest began when I was young, seeing my father and grandfather growing their own fruit and vegetables. This later developed into a passion for producing a sustainable food source with little impact on the environment around us. Hence, our gardens in Ballybeg Greens are organic.
For people thinking they would love to grow their own food, but think they don’t have the time or space, is there any tips you could give them to begin?
Well, there are loads of ways to fit small grow spaces for basic leaves and greens in around the house and a few seeds only takes a couple of minutes to plant. If you keep an eye out on our Facebook page there will be loads of tips and hints coming!
What are you most interested in within this new job as Head Grower?
As mentioned previously, my aims for Ballybeg Greens is to produce a variety of high quality crops through sustainable and organic methods.
It would also be great to get people from the community involved to share ideas, knowledge and to show the importance of where food comes from and how it is produced.
What would your plans be for BBG over the next year, given that you are only here 2 weeks, are you excited to build this plan? Could you tell us a bit about that?
I am very excited. The future plan of Ballybeg Greens is to develop a site where the people of the community can come learn about growing food, to show the importance of locally sourced produce and supporting local business. We hope to set up a centre that can spark an interest or passion for food and in doing so improve the quality of people’s lives.