Greenside Up, a small business based in Old Leighlin that was set up to help people grow their own food, has been shortlisted in the SME (small to medium enterprise) Category of the 2011 Irish Green Awards.
Greenside Up was launched at the Old Leighlin Pride of Place celebration in June 2009, just as the recession was starting to bite. Since then business has taken off. Owner/manager Dee Sewell offers workshops both privately and funded through the VEC, gives advice to people wanting to grow vegetables in their own gardens, and is currently working with three community gardens in Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare. Dee’s husband Ian makes raised vegetable beds and provides drawings to help customers develop their own vegetable gardens.