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Feeding Ourselves: Rural Revitalisation through a Cooperative Approach to Farming and Food – 26th & 27th May 2018

Join us for the Feeding Ourselves gathering!  See Full Schedule

This is the annual coming together of small farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and rural revitalisation.
This year’s focus is on community supported agriculture, cooperation, regenerative agriculture, citizen science, better agri-food policies and other people and planet friendly practices such as social farming and high nature value farming.

Saturday 26th: Feeding Ourselves Conference (Venue: WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage)
Farm Flicks in the evening: Farming on Crisis
Sunday 27th: Events include: Community Gardens Ireland Gathering | Briefing on the new EU Organic Regulation | Restoring Biological Diversity, Strengthening our Resilience (see pdf for full details)

Book here: Through NOTS (National Organic Training Skillnet)

With Ella McSweeney (RTE, BBC) Hannes Lorenzen (European Parliament, ARC2020) Pavlos Georgiadis (GROW Observatory Greece, Kannabio Hemp Co-operative), Helen Doherty (Social Farming Ireland), Clifford Guest (LIT), Aideen McGloin (Social Farming Researcher), Davie Philip (Cultivate), Fergal Anderson (Leaf and Root), Devyn Olson-Sawyer (Cultivate), Seamus Boland (National Rural Network), Oliver Moore (ARC2020, UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies) Noreen Byrne (UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies), Bruce Darrell (RED Gardens) Pippa Hackett (Green Party), Thomas O’Connor (Mana Organic), Róisín Nic Cóil (CSA Ireland), Pat Malone (Cloughjordan CSA), Tamara MacGinty (Cloughjordan CSA), Mimi Pierson (Crawford’s Farm), Julie Lockett (Riot Rye Bakehouse & Breadschool), Joanne Butler (CG Ireland), Kevin Dudley (Cloughjordan CSA), Judith Hitchman (URGENCY), Ben Whelan (GROW, Cultivate), Wendy Bailey (Cluckjordan Eggs / Cloughjordan CSA), Nathalie Markiefka & Sinead Moran (Foodture) and hopefully you!!! Organised by Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, with support from NOTS, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Social Farming Ireland, Night Orchard, Food Sovereignty Ireland, and CSA Ireland.

See Full Schedule here

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Restoring Biological Diversity, Strengthening our Resilience – Sunday 27th May 2018

A talk and conversation with Pádraic Fogarty, author of ‘Whittled Away’, on the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre.

15.00: Tour of Ecovillage leaving from Sheelagh na Gig bookshop on Main Street

16.00: Talk in the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre

A tour of the ecovillage followed by a talk in the new Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre with Pádraic Fogarty, author of ‘Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’.

A public conversation with Pádraic on how communities can play a part in restoring biological diversity and strengthening resilience will follow the talk.

This event, organised by Sustainable Projects Ireland and Cloughjordan Arts, will explore the Convention on Biological Diversity and encourage actions by communities which lead to the regeneration of nature.

Gather at Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop for the tour or at the Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre at 4pm. In the case of adverse weather this event will take place in WeCreate Workspace.

This is a free event held as part of the National Biodiversity Week supported by IEN and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Included Convergence 2018 www.cultivate.ie and in the 2018 Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week Festival https://www.facebook.com/wildcloughjordan/

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ECOlearn – An Ecovillage Experience – Saturday 2nd June 2018, Wecreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

The Ecovillage is located in the heart of Cloughjordan, a small rural town in Co. Tipperary. It is a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood currently home to 100 adults and 35 children living in 55 low-energy homes with a renewable energy heating system, edible landscapes, community gardens, and allotments.

Among the ecosystem of organisations based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage are Cloughjordan Community Farm, one of Ireland’s most developed Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects, and Cloughjordan Community Arts, which operates an amphitheatre within the ecovillage. Cloughjordan Co-Housing is planning a co-housing development within the ecovillage offering low-cost and low-energy homes with shared services and Django’s Ecohostel provides accomodation. The WeCreate green enterprise centre which incorporates a fab lab and co-working space is home to Cultivate. Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School offers delicious wood fired, sourdough bread and very popular courses on real bread. The RED Gardens are researching the most effective way to grow food. These enterprises cooperate to enhance their businesses and model a form of resilient economic and social regeneration.

While the ecovillage has faced many major challenges, both internal and external, it has been able to use these to learn the skills of building resilience. As we face the uncertain years and decades ahead, the lessons offered by the ecovillage are going to become ever more significant throughout the wider society.

Places are limited to book or for further information contact learning@thevillage.ie
Cost: €35 with €5 reduction if you travel by train.

Saturday 2nd June – 11.00 – 16.30

WeCreate Workspace in Cloughjordan Ecovillage
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Housing Ourselves: A cooperative approach to regenerating, redesigning and reimagining housing – Saturday 9th June 2018, WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Exploring new models of housing, smaller homes and more liveable neighbourhoods for healthier and more sustainable local communities.

In an era of housing crises, ecological deterioration and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. Co-housing has become mainstream in many European countries but is relatively new to Ireland. Groups across the country are coming together around a shared desire for a deeper sense of belonging, neighbourliness and mutual support that contemporary housing options lack.

Housing Ourselves is an annual event bringing together those interested in co-housing, sustainable community advocates, housing agencies, planners, architects and social finance organisations to progress making co-housing a reality in Ireland. Housing Ourselves 18 will explore the cultural barriers, discuss options for financing and introduce new approaches to constructing co-housing neighbourhoods. It will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills amongst emerging projects with the aim of creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities.

Speakers Include – Fiona Dunkin (Co-operative Housing Ireland) Hugh Brennan (Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance) Peadar Kirby (Cloughjordan Ecovillage) Ruari-Santiago McBride (Cloughjordan Co-Housing) Caelan Bristow (De Wett Studio) Mike Haslam (Haslam & Co Architects) Ebanie Powell (e.powell design) Tim Crowley (Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance) Donal Traynor (Community Finance Ireland) Kim O’Shea (Limerick University) Fox Keohane and Eldon Hillard (Irish Community Living Network) Davie Philip and Aaron Bailey (Cultivate).

This event is part of Convergence, Cultivate’s annual sustainable living festival; a fortnight of events, inspiring stories and compelling conversations for a healthy, low-carbon society. See the full Converegence schedule for more events across Ireland.
For more info or to discuss ideas for collaborating please email convergence@cultivate.ie

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