Our Soil – The Community Gardens Ireland Annual Gathering

Posted on: 09/04/2018
Our Soil: The Community Gardens 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.


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


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’.


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).



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


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.


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


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


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