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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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Soil Salon

The Soil Salon Convergence Event @ WeCreate Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 30 September 2017

Features citizen soil scientist, David Beacher and the Cloughjordan community farm’s own Kevin Dudley.

This afternoon event is aimed at food growers, farmers and other people interested in soil and agroecology. It will introduce the GROW Observatory is an EU-wide project supporting the emergence of a citizens’ movement to share knowledge and help monitor our European soils. The salon will develop the capacity of Irish citizens to understand soil and to better steward land and includes presentations by Devyn Olson-Sawyer and Ben Whelan of the GROW Observatory and representatives of the People4Soil campaign.

Saturday 30 September 2017, 14.00 – 16.30

WeCreate, Cloughjordan Community Farm

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Féile na nÚll Apple Festival, Sustainable Community Fair @ Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 23 September 2017

From 11am there will be a Little Food Fair with stalls from Night Orchard, Wildfire Pizza, Back Lane BBQ, Lime Tree, Walnut Books and Harmony Gardens.  Throughout the day there is apple pressing – bring your own apples! There will be a apple bake contest and activities for all the family. Some of the highlights are a workshop on our relationship to money and a preview of local playwright Joanna Ryan-Purcall’s adaptation of Children of Lir on the Community Amphitheatre. (see the full schedule below)
11.00 – Opening – Celebrating Sustainable Community (WeCreate)
A short introduction to the European Day for Sustainable Communities and our Féile na nÚll
11.00 – The Little Food Fair (Outside WeCreate)
On going throughout the day with delicious local food from local producers
11.00 – Apple Pressing (Outside WeCreate)

Ongoing throughout the day. Bring your apples for mashing and pressing. Up to 15kg pressed for free.

11.15 – Opening of the Apple Bake Off (WeCreate)
Contestants can leave their entries from this time until 16.00 – note there is a €2 entry fee.
11.30 – Our Relationship with Money (1.5 hour workshop in WeCreate Classroom) NEED TO PROMOTE SEPARATELY
Sustainable communities often have a different way of working with money, but how might the personal relationship we have with money now be getting in our way?  In this interactive, engaging workshop, money coach, Karen McAllister, will introduce 8 money archetypes and with the help of facilitator, Chris Chapman, will explore their relevance to those of us working towards more sustainable communities and the potential for us to approach our relationship with money differently. We are inviting people to ‘pay from the heart’ for this workshop – come along and find out what that means! For more details on mindful money coaching, please see http://themindfulmoneycoach.com/

12.30 – Pony Rides (ongoing)

12.30 – Apple Identification – A tour of the orchard of heritage apples.

13.00 – Real Bread – Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School (WeCreate – 20mins)

13.30 – ECOLEARN – Ecovillage Presentation and Tour (WeCreate Main Space followed by a walk around the project – 1.5 hours)

15.00 – Fab Lab Tour (WeCreate 15mins)
15.00 – Composting Demonstration (Leaving from WeCreate to Compost Demo area – 30 mins)
15.30 –  A performance of Children of Lir (Amphitheatre – 30 minutes – if raining in WeCreate)
This short physical theatre adaptation of the Irish classic story where four children are transformed into swans and cursed to roam the oceans for nine hundred years. This play explores separation and coming together, identity, exile, loss and transitioning.

15.45 – Cloughjordan Community Farm Walk (Leaving from the front of WeCreate)

16.00 – Apples and Local Food Culture (Amphitheatre – 30 minutes – if raining in WeCreate)
A discussion on apples as a core element in a bioregional approach to resilient communities.

17.00 – Apple Bake Off – announcing the winners (WeCreate)

 

That evening from 7.30 there will also be a SpeakEATsy. This is a shared meal, music, spoken word and a public conversation with professional surfer turned organic farmer Fergal Smith. Booking can be made here

 

Biodiversity Events

NATURE & COMMUNITY | REWILDING, 21 May 2017

ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017A talk with ecologist and RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray will be held in the stunning location of the new outdoor Community Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan ecovillage. This will be followed by a guided tour of the biodiversity and tourism elements of the project. Participants should be prepared for an outdoor event, waterproofs and sturdy shoes are recommended. Cloughjordan Ecovillage has been recognised as one of Europe’s most successful projects modelling the transition to a low-carbon society. It features a biodiversity trail, allotments for growing food, a community farm and apiary, research gardens and a community woodlands. Also the new Brefne-Beara Walkway (BBW), Ireland’s first Heritage National Waymarked Trail linking the Beara peninsula with Leitrim, comes through the Ecovillage.

This event is organised by the Education Group at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

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13.30 – 15.00 – Starting at the Community Amphitheatre 


RURAL REGENERATION & ECO-TOURISM TALK & PANEL DISCUSSION

15.00 – 16.30 – WeCreate Enterprise Centre – FREE EVENT

‘Rewildling’ aims to end intensive human management of habitats and allow them to re-generate naturally. This could mean the creation of large new areas of native woodland and forest, and new wetlands on cutaway bog, offering significant economic opportunities in marginalised rural areas. In this TED style talk writer and journalist Lenny Antonelli will look at what rewilding is and how it differs from traditional habitat conservation. He will explore its potential to create new eco-tourism enterprises in rewilded areas, based around walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature-watching and other adventure activities, as well as local craft and food industries centred around local nature and wildlife.

The panel discussion will explore the opportunities of developing sustainable eco-tourism enterprises centred on ‘rewilding’ project areas, with a particular focus on the midlands. The panel will include Lenny, Anja, Ricky Whelan, a director of the Abbeyleix Bog Project and others. Broadcaster Duncan Stewart will close the session with his reflections on ‘rewilding’.

For further details or to book a place contact Davie at learning@thevillage.ie or on 0505 56061

These are free events are supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network, and held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee’s 2017 National Biodiversity Week Programme. For more details see www.thevillage.ie For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see www.cloughjordan.ie

This event is organised by Cultivate Living and Learning.

Both events are FREE events!

Download PDF file: ECOLearn-Biodiversity2017

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EcoLearn: An EcoVillage Experience

Saturday 1st April, 11am – 5pm

WeCreate Centre.

A taste of life in our community for those interested in building, living, and working in sustainable communities. This ECOLearn Experience Event Includes:

  • An overview of the history and vision of the Ecovillage
  • A guided tour highlighting the project’s community features
  • A visit inside high performance homes and a chance to meet some of the residents
  • A visit to the community farm, and green enterprise centre
  • Practical advice about living in this multi-award winning community
  • Useful information to take away about buying and building in the Ecovillage 

Consider staying over as very affordable accommodation in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Django’s Eco-Hostel. Book online or call +353 87 256 9348.

Booking info

  • Places are limited to book or for further information contact learning@thevillage.ie
  • Cost: €30 with €5 reduction if you travel by train!

Schedule allows travel by train from the Dublin area and return on the same day. The rail fare from Dublin is cheaper if booked 3 days in advance and the venue is 15 minutes walk from the station!

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Radical Local Food Systems

Explore the possibilities and issues involved in localising most of the food systems for individuals and communities in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland’s leading eco neighbourhood. Using a combination of presentations, tours, workshops and practical components – addressing food security issues, planning for a full diet, CSA and alternate market strategies, production of vegetable, meat, milk, dairy, grains – you may be surprised by the ways we can produce a whole diet locally and resiliently.

Date: 20th June  |  Level: Intermediate  |  Age: Adult  |  Duration: Day
Price: €50 if you book by July 1st / €70 thereafter.
Hosted by: The Ecovillage