Joanne Butler is a community garden activist who lives in Donegal . She runs a social enterprise OURganic Gardens in Gortahork .
Since 2013 she has been extremely busy showing people how to grow their own food, live sustainable lives and to look after the environment. Joanne’s started her social enterprise ‘OURganic Gardens’ by facilitating horticulture classes with community groups aided by the ETB and the local authority. Through her teaching she has worked with over 15 community gardens and has won awards with Save Our Planet, the Irish Food Writers Guild, JCI and has previously been shortlisted with a star award through Aontas – the National Adult Learning Organisation.
Joanne now runs her business from home – A four-acre site in Gortahork where she runs workshops on growing vegetables and designing food and permaculture gardens.. She has just completed her time on the ACORNS program for Women in Ireland as business entrepreneurs and is now creating online course content with the upheaval of Covid-19 .
Joanne lives with her husband and three amazing children who inspire her every day to keep going and help her help make for a vibrant, resilient community in Donegal.