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Joanne Lindsay Butler, Ourganic Gardens 'Inspire Me' Interview

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Are you keen on growing your own vegetables & need a few tips?

Are you interested in sustainability, self-sufficiency & looking after the environment?

Do you want to reconnect with your own surroundings and uncover skills you didn’t know you had?

'Inspire Me' provides a platform for forward-thinking, dynamic and innovative professionals and business owners to share their career journey, insights, knowledge & wisdom - to inspire us all!


Joanne inspires us to get our hands dirty and feel the soil in our hands again – her work is truly inspiring!

Joanne is a community garden activist based in Donegal. She runs a social enterprise in Gortahork called OURganic Gardens, a four-acre site where she runs workshops on growing vegetables & designing food and permaculture gardens.

At the moment, she is busy creating online course content with the upheaval of Covid-19.

Joanne tells us how she went from stay-at-home mum to becoming the chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland & founder of a stunning outdoor environmental education centre in Donegal where she is leading the charge for gardening & permaculture and making her impact on food sustanability for the future.

Joanne started out in 2013 by facilitating horticulture classes with community groups; she has worked with over 15 community gardens and has won awards with Save Our Planet, the Irish Food Writers Guild, JCI and has been shortlisted for a star award through Aontas – the National Adult Learning Organisation.

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