Cottage industry: Putting local produce centre stage

For years, many small Irish towns have steadily lost their sense of community as the urban-rural divide continues to deepen. But now the creators of the Cottage Market movement are determined to reverse the tide of stagnation

7th July, 2019
Karen O’Donoghue, community manager for GIY

Returning to Ireland after living in Bristol for a decade, GIY (Grow it Yourself) community manager Karen O’Donoghue felt a huge desire to be part of her local community, and also saw a gap in locally sourced produce.

“I felt there needed and still needs to be a real celebration of local producers, farmers’ markets and community support agriculture,” she says. “There was huge talent, but absolutely no diversity, no opportunities for those...

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