This is Sean O’Driscoll’s bright idea for Waterford.

Ballybeg Greens was setup to supply organically grown salad leaves, speciality vegetables & herbs.

HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY

Ballybeg Greens was founded to take advantage of a niche in the market where there was a high demand for locally grown, fresh organic produce.

The other side of the business provides training and education to learners completing 1-module courses at QQI Level 3, 4 & 5.

Ballybeg itself suffers high unemployment and is traditionally viewed as a disadvantaged area.

BBG supports the community by productively utilising otherwise derelict land as well as directly providing employment opportunities and promoting positive living.

Ballybeg Greens developed out of Ballybeg Horticulture Initiative, a project of Ballybeg CDP. The Horticulture Initiative provides both accredited and non-accredited training to students. That project, saw the need to develop a more sustainable business that could build on the skills accumulated by learners going through the educational programme.

The idea was to utilise space productively and to develop a business that would supply the food service industry in Waterford, as well as provide accredited training in horticulture. Hence Ballybeg Greens was found and It is now staffed by a mixture of community employment, volunteers, work placements, staff members and tutors.

Since it began, the project has had a positive effect on the local environment in many ways. In terms of environmental impact, what is now the garden was a dumping ground, and is now a vibrant working space. It has also a community garden where local people can rent allotments.

Ballybeg Greens has reintroduced the idea of growing, where people can learn to grow their own food, which spreads positive living.