18October2021

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Growing Together -Community Supported Agriculture

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The Cloughjordan Community Farm in association with the National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS), The Soil Association (UK), Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), URGENCI - Global Network of CSA’s, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate, and FEASTA present Growing Together an all-Ireland conference on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Cloughjordan, Tipperary.

The aim of this weekend conference is to introduce the CSA concept to communities and growers on the island of Ireland. The event will bring together food producers and emerging Irish CSA’s while creating networking and learning opportunities with experienced initiatives from across Europe.

A number of free places are available for the unemployed through the National Organic Training Skillnets, please register through www.nots.ie (Proof of unemployment will require full name and address and PPS number). A number of reductions are also available to people on low incomes. For both these offers please also register with training@cloughjordancommunityfarm.ie

National Organic Training Skillnets is part of The Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. and is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

Themes

  • Producing Food Together – Sharing the Risk
  • Case Studies from Successful CSAs,
  • Can CSA Increase Community Resilience?
  • Diversification for Farmers and Growers
  • Getting Started
  • Sustainable Food Communities
  • Access to Land
  • Lifelong Learning and Training

Speakers and Panelists

  • Ella Mc Sweeney, RTE Presenter of Ear to the Ground
  • Peter Young, Farmer and Journalist with Farmers Journal
  • Mick Kelly, GIY, Social Entrepreneur, and Founder of Grow It Yourself Ireland
  • Amanda Daniel, CSA and Organic Buying Groups, Soil Association (UK)
  • Judith Hitchman, International Consultant in Emerging Trends in Local Development
  • Andrea Calori, President of Urgenci, International CSA Network
  • Bruce Darrell, Grower, Food Systems Specialist, FEASTA Executive Committee
  • Sarah Fleming, Local Food Consultant, formally Slow Food International and GIY Ireland
  • Pat Malone, Producer at Cloughjordan Community Farm
  • Ollie Moore, Food and agriculture journalist and food researcher
  • Grace Maher, Development Officer with IOFGA
  • Kevin Dudley, Former Orchard Manager at Irish Seed Savers and Biodynamic Grower
  • Mimi Pearson, Cloughjordan Community Farm
  • Davie Philip, Community Resilience Manager at Cultivate
  • Yvonne O'Donovan, Hazelhurst CSA, UK

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