The Ecovillage hosts a network of learning providers and enterprises based in or around Cloughjordan Ecovillage, connected through the Ecovillage Education, Research and Training group. The aim is to develop Cloughjordan as a learning campus and build a coherent identity that helps reinforce and strengthen each of the individual enterprises to create an economically sustainable community.
The learning alliance, which is made up of Ecovillage enterprises, members and residents, includes:
Cloughjordan Community Farm
Cloughjordan Community Farm is found within the ecovillage. It is a member owned farm that provides high quality vegetables to members through ecologically conservative farming practices. Please see the Community Farm’s website for more information.
A local NGO that specialises in research and development in community resilience and ecological living. Cultivate runs educational workshops and runs the Global Green at Electric Picnic. Please see Cultivate’s website for more information.
Django’s hostel offers quality accommodation within the ecovillage. Built to be an eco-hostel, Django’s is the perfect place to get a good night’s rest and meet other travellers. The hostel has a shared kitchen as well as other services. For more information please visit Django’s website.
Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab)
The only community-based FabLab in Ireland – established by two ecovillage members. It is part of the worldwide network of FabLabs allowing the manufacture of almost anything through downloading plans and using computers to make the products. The FabLab can be found within the We Create Centre.
Based in a purpose-built studio at the Ecovillage, Gaia Ecotecture are ecological architects: Well-established and widely-experienced, their expertise has been recognised by awards from An Taisce, Irish Planning Institute, RIAI, Local Authorities, Construction Industry Federation and Meath and Cork County Council. For strategic advice about alternative approaches to lower the carbon and environmental impact of buildings, please visit our website.
The Red Gardens are developed and managed by Bruce Darrell who explores the diversity of complex answers to a simple question: What is the best way to grow food? See his online YouTube channel here.
Come get freshly baked bread at our resident bakery! Found within the ecovillage, Julie and Joe provide sourdough to the local community and businesses. Riot Rye also offers baking classes, for information on their timetable please visit their website.
Sheelagh na Gig
Our local bookstore that also provides coffee, gifts and wholefoods. The store sells books on a wide range of topics. From classic literature to children’s books, from current events to environmental activism, to writings from our local residents, much can be found in Sheelagh na Gig.
The centre offers co-working and shared work spaces for local businesses, entrepreneurs and projects. There are future plans and space for a community kitchen. Please see WeCreate website for more information.