St. Brendan's Greenway Garden
The St. Brendan’s Horticultural Project & Food Market provides local food with less food miles to residents of St Brendan’s Village. Any excess produce is then sold to the local community in St Brendan’s Market Shop. The project employs nature-based solutions (seaweed for fertiliser and wood pulp for weed mulch) 8-9 months of the year. The Market Shop opens every year during the summer period. As well as produce from St. Brendan’s Garden, the shop also sells locally handmade arts and crafts, fresh cakes and treats.
Benefits of Growing and Eating Local
It will reduce your environmental impact
Food that has travelled across the world to get to your plate has a much higher impact on our environment. More energy is needed to transport, refrigerate and store it and often, more packaging is needed to keep it fresh. By eating local, seasonal foods you can help reduce the environmental costs associated with your food.
You can eat better food for less
Local produce is more likely to be ripened where it's grown before being harvested and delivered. This food is fresher, tastes better and is more nutritious. Although local food can be more expensive, buying in season means you’re getting it at peak supply when it’s at its cheapest.
It supports your local community
When you buy locally produced food, the money you spend stays in Ireland to support our communities.
It’s easier to know what you’re getting
Our globalised food system gives us great choice and convenience when it comes to our food. However, increasing the distance between where food is grown and processed makes it harder to get information about how it has been produced. The easiest way to know your food is to know where it comes from.
You can help Stop Food Waste!
The longer food spends in storage and transit, the higher the chance of it spoiling and becoming waste. More than half of all food waste occurs along the supply chain. Buying locally and in season can help reduce the risk of food becoming waste before it gets to the shelves.
The next time you’re planning your shopping, check what’s in season at Bord Bia’s www.bestinseason.ie.