School of Food, Thomastown is expanding their palate

School of Food, Thomastown is expanding their palate

John Kelly, Head Gardener, with volunteers Michael Shanahan and Verena Butler in the School of Food's polytunnel.

The School of Food in Thomastown is expanding its range of horticulture courses during 2017.  In tandem with the ongoing development of its market garden, the School has partnered with the Organic Centre in Leitrim to offer a variety of gardening and food courses throughout the year. 

First in the line-up is 'Introduction to growing in polytunnels', this will take place on Saturday, April 1. The course is lead by Ingrid Foley who had very successful classes last September. Róisín McQuillan from the School of Food said that it is the perfect time for gardeners who may be considering planting fruit and vegetables in polytunnels.

John Kelly, head gardener at School of Food, is working hard on preparing the market garden ahead of growing season "We are looking forward to resuming our supply to Supervalu in Thomastown soon, and continue to supply the Hub in Thomastown, as well as Full and Plenty in New Ross,' he says  

John is also running a monthly Garden Club for those interested in learning about what to do in the garden month by month. This club meets on the evening of the first Tuesday of every month through until October, with a hands on session in the School's garden.  

More information on this, and all the School's gardening and cookery courses can be found on

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