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A Growers Diary……feeling hot, hot, hot!
The heat! From feeling hot in the tunnels, to hot debates in the farm shop, Jermey an OGI Future Grower of Ireland gives us the low-down from the farm Tuesday May 29th The country is abuzz with a heatwave. Everywhere the soil is dry and crumbly underfoot. Irrigation pipes snake the hollows between drills of sweetcorn and sprayers wet the thirsty brassicas. I work sluggishly, my mouth dry, blinking sweat from my eyes. I look up into the azure sky and, for the first time in my life, feel the twinge of anxiety familiar to farmers across the world. What if the rain never comes? Later, my mobile rings in my pocket. A Whatsapp message from a fellow OGI apprentice sums it up: The heat! It’s like farming in the heart of the sun. Thursday June 5th The polytunnel fills with the sound of breaking limbs and we are the green-fingered killers. Plucked leaves and side shoots litter the walkways. By the time we are finished, the shorn bodies twist around lines of blue twine that hang taut from the ceiling, strung up like so many captive hostages. The air is thick with the pong of tomato. In the neighbouring […]
Supermarkets are boring places
Nathalie one of the co-founders of foodture is also a fervent supporter of Community Supported Agriculture and tells us in this article why she’s so passionate about it. The first time somebody mentioned Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to me was at a permaculture course in Cloughjordan Eco-village. I inquired where I could buy sustainably produced food in Dublin and one of my fellow permaculturists told me about the Dublin CSA. The concept was completely new to me but I was hooked immediately. One farmer, 20 people, farm days, community, clean food and a lot of craic. I had been living in Ireland for 4 years at that point with minor success finding like-minded people. Mainly because I used to work for corporations where you don’t meet many people interested in sustainability, at least not where I worked. What made it even more perfect is that the weekly pickup point is located near where I live. The universe made it fairly easy for me to get into it! Since then I never looked back and am thankful about each delicious imperfectly shaped vegetable that ends up in my plate. Being part of a CSA is much more than ordering a veg-box. […]
Food Citizenship Podcast – Episode 1
We’re proud to present the first episode of our podcast series. We talked to Anna Cura from the Food Ethics Council in the UK about the fascinating research done on Food Citizenship. If you want to dive deeper into the topics we discussed, here are links to more material: Food Ethics Council The Food Citizenship Report New Citizenship Project Jon Alexander Podcast on BBC4 ‘Killing the Consumer’ If you like our new podcast please do support our work through our patreon page or by joining foodture as a supporting member here.
Dublin CSA in the season of extremes
Seamus from Dublin CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) gives us an insight on how he experienced the last few months, farming on his plot of land in Celbridge to provide the members of the CSA each week with seasonal produce. It’s been a funny old year weather wise so far. First we had the winter that would never end, now we’re in the middle of a severe drought. Despite the weather extremes Dublin CSA has been back in action a month and is getting into a rhythm again. The plot was covered in three to four foot of snow at the start of March but luckily there was no structural damage as a result. It just left the broad beans looking a bit worse for wear but they have recovered enough to feature in the share this week. Go beans! Interestingly, although the heatwave has proved a challenge for some crops, the heat lovers in the poly-tunnels are really sucking up the heat (48°C yesterday). The basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and gourd (thanks to Manuela from Sicily for the seeds) are all doing well. They are growing by the day and hopefully there’ll be tomatoes and cucumbers in the box soon. […]
The Green Door Market
One of our members Nurney Farm Organics is also one of the founders of the Green Door Market in Dublin. The market recently relocated to an exciting new venue in Bluebell and is now open every Tuesday to Sunday with a variety of fresh organic veg, meats, fish, breads and other tasty treats. Listen to some of the traders inviting you to visit the new venue. For more information on the Green Door Market, directions and opening hours click here Do you produce Fair Food? Want to join us, create your own profile and gain access to our HUB? Submit your interest or apply here Want to read, watch or hear more? Support our efforts. Contribute by clicking here
A Grower’s Diary…..Stage 2
Escape into the fields today. Get stuck into stage 2 of Jeremy’s refreshingly honest & funny Growers Diary You can read more about Jeremy here and catch up on his first diary update here also. Tuesday May 1st We begin the day hefting shovelfuls of chicken manure. It’s years old, desiccated to bone-dry dust. The drizzle paints it tar-black while Liam trundles along in his bright red Massey Ferguson 35, spilling mounds from the rear-end loader. The waiting piles are pocked with shrunken feathers and the odd withered egg. While we walk behind the tractor and shovel it over the surface of the freshly-tilled soil, the wind slings the stuff right back in our faces. In the evening, when my wife picks me up, she tells me I smell like a barn. Wednesday May 2nd When the rotating sprinkler is switched on inside the polytunnel, the swish of water against the plastic walls evokes the sound of crashing waves. The busy tick-tick-tick of the shutter mechanism mimics the rustling of cicadas. With the pong of humid earth in my nostrils, it all sounds positively Mediterranean. If I close my eyes and ignore the chill in my toes, I could be […]
Building pathways of transition….
Have you heard? Climate change needs behaviour change! Simple as changing your attitude, acting differently and you’ll save the world! Its true and yet it’s not that simple. Even when you decide to act differently, your environment may influence your ability to act out your action more than you simply deciding to make the action…..tongue twisting, head spinner I know! Many small individual actions can create a ripple of change but for real progressive, lasting systems change we need collaborative action that builds community. A renewed supporting environment that makes all those little actions easier for you and others! We need to work together, talk together, meet up, argue and listen, start conversations that matter! We need to change the dominant story that frames many of our actions…… we need to hear from everyday citizens doing small acts, collaboratively with others. We need stories of citizen action in real-time, stories of change! Meet Dermot from Monaghan Transitions Town; Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m from Monaghan Town, I’m married to Lynn and have two girls under 7. Traditional music, the Irish language, surfing and writing are passions of mine – I post my material at www.dermymcnally.com and have written […]
Plough like an Ox; Seasonal Update from Eamonn’s farm
Last year when we started sharing the stories of Fair Food Farmers, we were lucky enough to visit Eamonn & Geraldine’s farm in Mayo. Before we share their seasonal update, we thought it might be nice to revisit their short film and story. Eamonn spoke straight from the heart and wasn’t afraid to start a conversation that matters! Our food system is broken, we need to find a balanced approach to both feeding ourselves and the global population a diverse diets where the farmers are paid a fair price to farm in harmony with nature. If you produce Fair Food, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org – We’d love to have a chat with you and share your story. Seasonal update; We had a very long winter, meaning Spring was very slow to start this year. That said, there were still enough dry days for Eamonn to get the ploughing and harrowing done. He has started to use our house cow to do the tillage. Her first job was harrowing and she took to it like a duck to water!. He also made up the drills and planted the potatoes using cow power. His job at the moment is weed control and […]
Working for a purpose: why choose the farm life
The notion of returning to the land is beginning to gain more traction among us ‘millennials’. It’s not because the hours are better or the work is easier, try standing straight after weeding for a couple of hours or the heartache when an animal falls ill or worse. It’s most definitely not the pay-package or chance of pension benefits that attracts people. It’s because we feel a deep connection to the land & nature……. Or is that the old way of thinking? There is no doubt you must love being outdoors, appreciate nature, working the soil and having people give you funny looks when you refer to your cows as ‘the ladies’ or hear you singing to your tomatoes. I feel it’s all that and more. More of us are being to see that there is an opportunity to carve out a lifestyle that we actually want to live. Not one dictated by modern social norms and values, where the pressure is on to hit them ‘success’ milestones, house by 30, big car, promotions, moving up the property ladder again, wearing the latest designer attire.…. I feel (and please correct me otherwise in the comments) more and more of us […]
Music and activism for a harmonious future
Can singing change the world? It can definitely change something inside of ourselves and bring us nearer together as communities. Our next food citizen is an activist and singer and she will explain how these two activities fit together in her own life. Hi my name is Rachel. I’m 45 and grew up in Glenageary in South County Dublin. I first got involved in sustainability activities when I was in secondary school when my geography teacher set up a school green group. You’re working as an educator in LYCS. Can you tell us a bit more about your work there and how it relates to food citizenship? In LYCS we provide training for leaders to start educating about the big local/global issues that matter, with people in their own local communities across Ireland. Sometimes big issues such as inequality, globalisation and sustainability feel to intangible to some, so we provide ideas about interactive methodologies and help to make it more feasible. One of of the themes we’ve been working on for several years is food and food citizenship. Food links us to people all over the world, and by understanding our food system, we can get to grips with this […]
Galway: What is sustainable food? foodture at Green Earth Organics
Join foodture in conversation at the first Green Earth Organics Sustainability & Food Festival. A free event with an excellent line up of speakers and all things food and farming!
Clare: Tastes of the Orchards 2018
Essential if you are orchard planting/planning an orchard of any size or just love apples! Taste is subjective and this tour will give you the opportunity to discover varieties that suit your individual palate
Electric Picnic: foodture’s Solutionaries Patch at Global Green
foodture will be at this years Global Green at Electric Picnic. We’ll update you soon on the exciting stuff we have planned for you folks at at our “Solutionaries” patch!