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Interest in food production is on the rise among Ireland’s city dwellers

Kitty Scully, the kitchen gardener, tending the plants at the Airfield Estate farm in Dundrum.

Kitty effortlessly quoted one of her favourite lines from Lady Eve Balfour, herself an organic pioneer, “the health of the soil, plant and man are one and indivisible”.

By Grace Maher
Mar 23, 2016


Kitty Scully, the kitchen gardener at Airfield, explains why they opted to convert the food garden to organic production.

“Essentially we were gardening organically so we decided to take it a step further and apply for certification as it embodies best practice in growing food. On a personal level, I have an MSc in Organic Horticulture so really it is the only way that I know how to garden,” she says.

Located in a part of the estate that was formerly a carpark, it has been challenging to build up the nutrient base, open up the soil and build fertility to sustain the crops, however Kitty is confident that things are moving in the right direction.

“We have a dual function here in the food garden, in that we supply fresh produce to the Overends Restaurant and we are educating people about growing food. It is fantastic to be able to supply the chefs with a range of fresh crops such as salads, tomatoes, herbs, celery and so on, and people love the idea of eating food grown on site. It truly is a local food supply chain,” she says. It also delivers on the no waste policy in operation on the estate.

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