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Community Gardens Harvest Celebration Seminar Announced


Community Gardens Harvest Celebration Seminar Announced

European Green Leaf, European Region of Gastronomy and Galway City Partnership are delighted to invite food growers and garden-enthusiasts to the Community Gardens Harvest Celebration Seminar, on Friday 20 th of October 2017, from 2-5pm in the Harbour Hotel.

Speakers include Charles Dowding, proponent of 'No Dig' gardening, regular guest on BBC radio & television; Dr Colin Sage, University College Cork & Cork Food Policy Council; Dee Sewell, Greenside Up & Community Gardens Ireland and representatives from Galway Community Gardens.

This is a free event, but due to space limitations, registration is required through https://galwayharvestseminar2017.eventbrite.ie or by contacting Arlene Finn, European Green Leaf Coordinator Arlene.finn@galwaycity.ie or 091 536 840.

The celebration will continue through the weekend, with the Community Harvest and Halloween Vegan Pot Luck with Galway Vegan Community and Third Space Galway, in Arus Na Gael on Sunday 22nd October, 1-3pm. This event will include a talk on Food Democracy, sustainable and community food growing from Eimhin David Callahan, co-founder of the Food Commons, Birr Community Growery. As it's coming up to Halloween, all are invited to dress up and play traditional Irish Halloween games! Bring your favourite vegan snack, dish, dessert or beverage - homemade or shop-bought as long as it's vegan. If you'd like locally grown, organic ingredients for your dish, you can use ingredients harvested and generously donated by the local community gardens and local organic growers - to get them, visit Stephanie at the Organic Wholefood Zero Waste stall 'Contain Yourself' at next week's Tiny Traders Market on Sat 21st October in Arus na Gael.

poppies growing in the Galway City Partnership Community Garden
Poppies growing in the Galway City Partnership Community Garden

Arlene Finn, European Green Leaf Coordinator commented, "Community Gardens are welcoming, vibrant spaces for volunteers to learn about growing fruit, vegetables - and themselves! They are fantastic spaces to meet like-minded people and to share in the enjoyment of being involved in a community project. More importantly, they contribute to our knowledge of local, organic, food production - as we become a more urban society, we have lost our knowledge and abilities to produce food. Community Gardens play an essential role in restoring this knowledge. These events give people an opportunity to find out more about growing their own food, and about the Community Garden Network in Galway - all are welcome to come along".