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Know the farmer behind the food you serve this Christmas
“Cooking creates a sense of well-being for yourself and the people you love and brings beauty and meaning to everyday life. And all it requires is common sense – the common sense to eat seasonally, to know where your food comes from, to support and buy from local farmers and producers who are good stewards of our natural resources” – Alice Waters Christmas is just around the corner. The adverts are out and everyone’s competing for our hard earned money. This year, spend your money with someone who has equally worked hard for it, a Fair Food Farmer. Supporting local this Christmas is great, supporting local and fair is better. The farmers you can find on foodture all produce food in harmony with nature. Whatsmore, they go above and beyond to bring nourishing food to the table. Food connects us all, this Christmas let’s connect direct with our farmers. Meet Una, Karl, Ashling, Daniel and Dawn from Annfield Farm in Kildare, raising free range, organic turkey. Tell us a little about you We pride ourselves in the care and attention our turkeys receive and the quality of live they enjoy. Our Bronze Turkeys are certified organic from our family farm. […]
Sustainable Environment as a Human Right
The 10th of December is Human Rights Day. This year marked a special anniversary: the universal declaration of human rights turned 70! The declaration is a key document in order to have a legal base to persecute crimes against humanity, designed to help bring peace and equality to the world. While we still have some way to go to accomplish that, a new threat is already on the horizon. Climate change is threatening human rights in an unprecedented way. This has brought up the necessity to update the human rights declaration to include the right to a healthy enviroment. Threats to environmental defenders In the last years, we could see a rise in the murder of activists who protect land, water and nature. One of the most famous cases was the murder of the indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. She was brutally assassinated in her home after years of being threatened. Those arrested for her murder are linked to large financial institutions. Still not all of them have been sentenced yet. This is not an isolated case. Around the world and especially Honduras corrupt governments and businesses threaten and murder activists defending their right for land […]
Food Citizenship Podcast – Episode 8
December 8th is here, meaning its offically Christmas in Ireland! In this food citizenship podcast episode, we spoke to Fair Food Farmers about Christmas dinner. This year you can source your local Fair Food Turkey in the East from Annfield Organic Turkeys, in the West, choose Westernshore Organic Farm for a naturally salted Turkey raised on the Wild Atlantic Way. Choose real, seasonal and fair vegetables from your local grower, we spoke with Seamus Bradley from Dublin CSA, Orla Burke from Savage Gardens and Deirdre and Christy from The Green Door Market, learning that Sprouts aren’t just for Christmas you know and that a vegetarian Christmas is also an option!! This Christmas, choose local, but more importantly choose Fair Food, because its how our food is produced that matters! Find your local Fair Food Farmer and support the farmers farming in harmony with nature to bring nourishing food to our tables.
Get stuck into soil!
Soil, that few inches thick layer that covers our Planet, often referred to as mud and dirt, is a living, breathing thing. They say one handful of soil contains more life then there are humans on the Earth. A healthy soil is vital for healthy food. Soil filters and stores water; hosts a quarters of Earth’s biodiversity and has a vital role to play in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Despite all that, soil in under threat. Under threat from intensive agriculture, industrialisation, and urbanisation. Experts predict that at this rate, we have less than 60 years of topsoil left. It takes 1000+ years to form 1 cm of soil…… It’s time to get our hands dirty. We’ve compiled a to do list to help you get stuck into soil; Watch These two short films are great for a quick overview of soil matters & soil solutions. 1. 2. Watch this fantastic, inspiring, night in by the fire kinda film – The Symphony of the Soil 3. Soil is vital to our food nutritional security. The farmers on our Fair Food Finder know this. Working to repair, conserve, protect and build soil for plant, animal and human health. Sit […]
The power of creating community around food
From community Gardening to Social and therapeutic Horticulture and Citizen Science. Dee Sewell is a leading activist in the environmental movement. We’re deeply inspired by her drive to connect communities to food and to create wellbeing in nature. Dee, how did you get involved in the environmental movement? I first became aware of global environmental problems over 40 years ago. I joined activist groups and constantly bombarded my MP with handwritten letters. I moved to Ireland 20 years ago with my husband and in 2009 started Greenside Up with the aim of helping people live more sustainable lifestyles. Gardening and building community are your passion and there’s a lot to say about the benefits of gardening. Please tell us more about how Social and Therapeutic Horticulture can benefit individuals and communities. Historically Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) has been quite evident throughout Ireland but in recent years, it has become much more so as we begin to understand the biophilia effect of experiencing nature. STH uses plants, gardens and nature to improve mental and physical health, as well as social skills as we mix with one another in community environments. When health and well-being are at the core of a […]
Consumers; Powerful & Powerless
The last 12 months of sales, special offers, all things red signage that’s been calling us all into the temples of consumption, culminates once more into one day of sales to end all sales, Black Friday! Are you ready? Have you attended the commercial church already; played your part as a good consumer? Did you discover the ‘means to happiness’ in there? Or will you wake up feeling likes it’s a Damp Squib Saturday wondering why life just isn’t all at once, perfect? No need to worry, our modern socio-economic world promises redemption, Cyber Monday. Seek again the ‘means to happiness’ from the comfort of your home. Busy Monday?! Fear not though, absolution can be sought throughout December, and for those of us who don’t practice consumerism enough, January Sales aren’t far behind. There are numerous opportunities to be a good consumer. I, the consumer In fact, we don’t have to do much to be good consumers. Josh Pasek, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, at the University of Michigan states we consumers need only act in ‘response to economic incentives’. Our life is about transactions and we good consumers merely hold the product or service provider responsible for ensuring that […]
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Meet a Farmer
“I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do” – Edward Everett Hale. Meet Fair Food Farmer Kate from An Ghrian Glas Farm in Westmeath. An ecologist by trade and in heart, she did what many of us say when thinking about issues in food, farming and the Natural World; she decided to be the change she wanted to see in the world….. Tell us a little about you? We are a small 9 acre market garden. While we are not certified we do not use any synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or pesticides. We have only just begun, having started one year ago. Prior to farming, I am a trained ecologist and have worked in environmental education and advocacy. After ten years of teaching people about how to protect our environment, I wished to take action myself. Aside from producing healthy, local and chemical free food, the other main focus of our farm is encouraging biodiversity, protecting wildlife and food security in a changing climate. To this end we are creating wildflower meadows, […]
Food Citizenship Podcast – Episode 7
In this podcast episode we chat with Jason Horner of Leen Organics in Clare about his journey into farming, the Organic Growers of Ireland group, the Small Growers network and the Future Growers Internship. In Ireland, less then 2% of land under agri-production is organic and only 1% is used to cultivate vegetables. Add to this the staggering levels of imported fruit and vegetables and the fact only 6% of Irish farmers are under 35 years, means we find ourselves asking that same question again; who will grow our food and where? If you’d like to become a Future Grower, join the OGI, Foodture, Gorse Farm and others at the annual OGI Conference get your tickets available at NOTS.ie Follow the adventures of one of this years interns, Jermey in his Growers Diary Series Help us nurture a culture of food citizenship, share our content and tell us your thoughts in the comments section. Donation box:
“What you do makes a difference…..” Meet a Farmer
“What you do makes a difference….you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” – Jane Goodall. Meet the two women behind Gorse Farm. Jenny & Janet, driven by a passion for organic, health food took a leap of faith in 2015 and started their own market garden. They work in harmony with nature to produce fair food for their local community! Know your farmer,know your food. Tell us a little about Gorse Farm: Gorse Farm is a market garden, located in Bunclody on the border between the counties of Carlow and Wexford. The garden is run by us, Jenny Watkins and Janet Power, both Organic enthusiasts with a passion for healthy natural foods. The vegetable garden operates within the Organic standards and received full Organic Certification in February 2018. The idea for Gorse Farm came about when Jenny and I, both graduates of the Organic College in Dromcollogher Co. Limerick, decided to bring our skills together and establish an organic vegetable farm in the sunny south east. The farm is located in a very scenic spot looking out at Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs mountain range. The project began in the winter of 2015/2016 with the […]
Could you eat local for 30 days or more?
Could you eat a diet consisting of only local food? Im not talking about the food you buy in a local store. I mean truly local, seasonal food direct from a farm or food producer? Well that’s what Lisa Fingleton asked herself and set about doing over 3 years ago…… Tell us a little about you: I am an artist, writer and grower. I live with my partner Rena Blake on an organic farm near the sea in Ballybunion. I am passionate about eating local food and the power of communities to live sustainably in harmony with nature. How did the 30 day local food project come about? One day I bought a BLT sandwich in a petrol station and I couldn’t believe that there were over 40 listed ingredients from all over the world including such things as Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, xanthan gum, emulsifier and stabilisers. I started to think about the journey of a sandwich and where all these ingredients come from. It felt like this sandwich connected me to so many places, people, plants and animals from all over the planet. I started to think about the energy needed to bring this sandwich to me; all […]