Our Soil – The Community Gardens Ireland Annual Gathering

Our Soil – The Community Gardens Ireland Annual Gathering

Join us at the Community Gardens Ireland Learning and Networking event of 2018.

When:   Sunday, 27th May 2018

Where:  WeCreate Centre, Cloughjordan EcoVillage, Tipperary

The day will be packed with information and inspiration to help you progress with your own projects. It will follow the annual Feeding Ourselves conference which takes place the day before and may be of interest to many CG Ireland members (details below).

With CG Ireland stories, networking sessions, an introduction and tour of the RED Gardens – the research gardens in the Ecovillage, and a special workshop on soil and citizen science, you’ll go home with a wealth of new knowledge, skills, friends and collaborators to help you launch into an exciting new gardening year.

PROGRAMME:

10:00 – Arrivals, Registration and Meet and Greet. Grab a cuppa, get to meet everyone, find out where they’re from and what they’re up to, and swap contacts… trust us, after this day you’ll want to keep in touch!

10:30 – Reinvigorating CG Ireland . Find out more about CG Ireland and how to get involved in our formal/informal Annual General Meeting. This is the short legal bit determined by our Governance Code and your opportunity to volunteer to help out with the national network if you’d like to do so.

11:00 – Stories from the Field – a number of short presentations about our work to date, including a few inspirational garden projects.

11.30 – Conversations on CG Ireland going forward.

12.30 – Lunch. Bring a dish to share and taste the abundance of the network.

13.45 – Tour of RED Gardens with Bruce Darrell

14.30 – Soil and Citizen Science with Pavlos Georgiadis – Introducing GROW PLACE a new project from CG Ireland.

Pavlos is based in Greece and is a Community Manager with GROW Observatory, a citizen science initiative to improve soil using regenerative practices, while helping with climate change adaptation. Pavlos is an organic olive grower, coordinates a hemp co-operative, and has a background in ethnobiology. He produced the award-winning short documentary ‘Farming in Crisis’ and has established numerous Slow Food initiatives.

15.30 – Next Steps

FREE BONUS EVENT:

16.00 – Regenerating Nature – Restoring biological diversity, strengthening our resilience.

A presentation and conversation on the Community Amphitheatre at Cloughjordan Ecovillage with Pádraic Fogarty author of ‘Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’.

PLEASE BOOK HERE

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 helps towards organising other events, 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. €15. This covers all of the running costs for the day, and includes the price of workshops, talks and light refreshments.

The Skint Supporter. €5. We don’t judge, we’ve been there and we’d hate anyone to feel excluded just because they’re strapped for cash, so this option covers the cost of hall hire, tea and biscuits 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. €25. 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 (in the booking link).

PRACTICAL STUFF

WHERE IS IT?

WeCreate Workplace is the Enterprise Centre in Cloughjordan Ecovilliage, Tipperary, which is 10km from Moneygall. Map details here.

I WANT TO STAY OVER, IS THERE ACCOMMODATION?

If you are making a weekend of it there is very affordable accommodation is available in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. To book Django’s Eco-Hostel see www.djangoshostel.com or call +353 87 256 9348.

ANYTHING ELSE WE CAN HELP YOU WITH?

No problem… email us at info@cgireland.org or TEXT Dee on 087 6843374

FEEDING OURSELVES

If you’d like to spend the weekend networking with like-minded people and learning more about FEEDING OURSELVES, the Saturday event might be of interest to you too:

Saturday 26th, All Day

Feeding Ourselves: Rural Revitalisation through a Cooperative Approach to Farming and Food.

This is the annual coming together of small farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and rural revitilisation.

This year’s focus is on community supported agriculture, co-operation, regenerative agriculture, citizen science, better agri-food policies and other people and planet friendly practices such as social farming and high nature value farming. Details at www.cultivate.ie

 

Community Garden Gathering & Pest & Disease Workshop – Bookings Open

CG Ireland Gathering & Pest and Diseases Workshop

In association with Donegal Community Gardens Network, OURGanic Gardens and CG Ireland, we are pleased to bring our July event to Gortahork in Donegal. Bookings are NOW OPEN ON EVENTBRITE for the event on Sunday, 9th July 2017

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