Community Garden Gathering & Orchard Care Workshop – Bookings Open

Community Garden Ieland Gathering and Orchard Care Workshop

Registration and bookings are now open for the first of our 2017 events.

We’re starting the year by visiting County Offaly where CG Ireland are being hosted by Birr Community Growery. Kevin Dudley of Cloughjordan Farm will be demonstrating Orchard Care and we’re also including a Panel Discussion and Community Garden Q & A for all your community gardening queries. Here’s the info:

About The Growery

The Growery is a community based food commons project based in the heart of the midlands at Birr , in Co.Offaly.

As per the first principle of all commons, their model is simple, any who contribute can draw from the commons in due proportion . This initiative began as an effort to restore to good health of its founder after a 6 year bout of debilitating Crohns disease (this is Eimhin’s first year since 2008 not to be hospitalised – it’s working!)

Today the Growery team work with a number of sites welcoming Mental Health groups, Intellectual Disability groups, school groups, growers, gardeners, and the wider community to participate in their efforts to restore the conscious link between soil, gut, and soul. In 2017 they will open their first formally ‘social’ or ‘community’ garden. They are developing work with the Education and Training Board, Engineers Without Borders, and the Irish Archaeological Field School, to name a few. 2017 will be their third year.

Two Hour Orchard Care Workshop with Kevin Dudley

Kevin Dudley was the first dedicated orchard manager at Irish Seed Savers, and was able to build their traditional apple collection with his expertise in grafting from poor specimens of dying trees from around the country.

These days, Kevin is one of the full-time farmers at Cloughjordan Community Farm, and helps to oversee the hundreds of native apple trees in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Working with the beautiful old trees in The Growery’s walled gardens, Kevin will be giving practical demonstrations and expert advice on pruning, training and all aspects of orchard maintenance, giving you the confidence to go home and work on your own trees this season.

Panel Discussion and Community Garden Q & A

By request, we’re adding a new feature to our gathering and workshop day – an expert panel Q & A session. Here’s your opportunity to ask any question you can think of that will help get your community out there and growing with you.

How Much?

If you’re planning on joining us we really need you to book your place for two reasons:

1: We need to know how many people will be there on the day to make sure there will be enough room… and enough tea!… for everyone.

2: CG Ireland does not, at the moment, receive any funding and all of our staff work as volunteers. Your contribution covers running costs for the day, and we couldn’t do it without you!

We like to make our events fair and affordable for everyone, so there are three pricing options:

The Standard Supporter – €25.00

This covers all of the running costs for the day, and includes the price of workshops, talks, a light lunch and all other refreshments.

The Skint Supporter – €5.00

We’d hate anyone to feel excluded just because they’re strapped for cash, so this option covers the cost of lunch and refreshments and you get all the talks and workshops for free. PLEASE, respect the hard work that the CG Ireland crew do and ONLY use this option if you genuinely can’t afford the full price.

The Super Supporter – €40.00

Maybe you’ve had a good week. Maybe you’re feeling a bit flush. Maybe you could consider paying a little extra to support not just this event, but all of the work that CG Ireland does all around the country, all through the year. If you can afford it we’d be eternally grateful for your contribution!

Want to help but can’t come along? You can always support our work by making a donation HERE

For more details, map, timetable and booking details, VIEW our Eventbrite Event Page HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Peace, Diversity & Networking in Belfast ~ Registration Open

Peace and Diversity in Community Gardens

Registration is now open for the Peace and Diversity symposium and networking event being held in collaboration with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens on Saturday, 14th May 2016.

This is a Free event with lunch included so registration is essential. We hope to see you there to meet, share experience and gain some valuable information about a topic that’s relevant to all community gardens in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Hope you can join the discussion. Looking forward to meeting you. For more information or to register click the image below.

Peace and Diversity in Community Gardens

Community Gardens: Seed Saving & Networking in Dublin

Our next Community Garden Networking Event and Workshop will be taking place in Ballymun, Dublin on Sunday, 18th October from 9.45 until 4.30 ish.

What’s on?

We have a great line up of people and topics, including a seed pollination, propagation and saving workshop, as well as discussions and chats about community gardening in general and supporting one another.

We’ll also be looking at the relationship between the Community Garden Network and other groups, bodies and NGOs involved with community gardening in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We’ll be presenting on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, Social Hops for Micro Breweries and Every Can Counts as well as generally getting to know one another better and talk about the community gardens we’re involved with.

This is a free event but if you have a bit of cash to spare, all donations gratefully received as they help us with the upkeep of the website and forum as well as to accommodate these networking events. Refreshments will be provided but if you can, bring a small lunch and a bit extra to share for a round table social meal.

If you’d like to join us, please email info@cgn.ie to register and for directions. Anyone interested in learning from one another and promoting community gardening welcome.

cgn poster Dublin Ballymun

Community Garden Network at Electric Picnic 2015

Community Garden Network at the Electric Picnic

From the 4th to the 6th September 2015 The Community Garden Network will be involved with Global Green Village at the Electric Picnic.

We’ll be creating a pop up community garden and sharing the space with a lovely bunch of people that include Cloughjordan Farm, Irish Seedsavers, Green Me, East Clare Coop, Moy Gardens and Urban Farms among others.

If you’re at the festival don’t forget to stop by and have a chat! In the meantime, here’s more information about Global Green at Electric Picnic straight from the organisers:

GLOBAL GREEN – AN ECOVILLAGE AT THE HEART OF ELECTRIC PICNIC

Collaborative experiment brings together activists, artists, makers, musicians, foodies and hackers

A pop-up ecovillage at the heart of this year’s Electric Picnic, created by some of the people behind the acclaimed ecovillage in Cloughjordan, will showcase new musical acts, offer the most authentic food on site – served by the food producers themselves – and host discussions, demonstrations and slam poetry on radical ideas for a community-led future that works.

Global Green, now in its eighth year, is the festival’s dynamic “green edge”. Created by Cultivate Living and Learning – based at the more permanent ecovillage in Cloughjordan in Co Tipperary – Global Green lays claim to being the conscious heartbeat of Electric Picnic, reminding us of the alternative, environmental roots of the three-day event in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Davie Philip of Cultivate said: “Global Green in 2015 is an exciting experiment in collaboration, an ecovillage brought to life by a diverse community of cultural creatives, activists, artists, musicians, foodies, hackers, social entrepreneurs and slam poets.”

Central to the politics of sustainability is food. In a single visit to this year’s Global Green, festival-goers can meet local food-producers, learn how to bake, join a discussion on the politics of food and, most importantly, eat some of the delicious food offered by The Outsiders’ Food Project, all sourced from within a 50-mile radius of Cloughjordan – which itself is just 35 miles from Stradbally. The Food Project received the Judges’ Award for best food at the festival in 2014.

Davie Philip said: “On hand to tell the amazing story of local food will be the farmers, the seed-savers, the craft baker, the cooks and young food entrepreneurs, the campaigners fighting for food sovereignty and solidarity globally, the local food activists helping us appreciate what Ireland has to offer and, closing the loop, the composters turning what we waste back to soil.”

As grassroots organising and radical politics gather momentum in Ireland and across Europe and as activists count down the final weeks to the major climate summit in Paris in December, Global Green’s hEdge School will host talks and discussions on sustainability, activism, and community.

Speakers range from TV presenter Duncan Stewart, Thomas Crosby of Stradbally Hall and Green Party councillor Claire Byrne to professional-surfer-turned-community-farmer Fergal Smith and Melvin Benn (head of Festival Republic, which runs Electric Picnic, and a board member of Julie’s Bicycle, which works for sustainability in the creative industries). Dóchas, Friends of the Earth, the Irish Environmental Network and the Heritage Council will lead discussions on climate change, sustainable development, local resilience and the challenge of how to communicate critical issues in an accessible way.

Finally, Global Green has its finger on Ireland’s musical pulse with atmospheric, electro, acoustic and folk music by day and dance and hip-hop beats by night in its Voices Rising tent. Highlights include Saint Sister, Elephant, Hauer, Replete, The Expert and Deetrich, to name but a few, and this year sees the introduction of a performance poetry showcase featuring Julie Goo, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Fergus Costello and Cormac Lally.

You can shake off that fuzzy head and get your festival day underway with Global Green’s popular morning mindfulness and yoga sessions and then hang out on the green for the best coffee and breakfast on site. Visit the ecovillage throughout the day for the music, ideas, food and atmosphere, and at night find out why it’s the best-kept secret of the Electric Picnic.