Dublin City Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí launches The Dublin Harvest Festival 2013.
The Dublin Community Growers annual Harvest Festival is supported by the Dublin City Community Forum, An Taisce Green Home and Green Communities Programmes.
“Harvest 2013” … Greening our city from the roots up!
On the 7th March 2013, saw the Lord Mayor of Dublin hosting the launch of the 2013 Dublin Harvest Festival within the Mansion House. Many participants, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters, from across Dublin’s many community garden projects, participated in the launch of this year’s Dublin Harvest Festival, which is scheduled to be held in September.
On Saturday 14th September “Harvest 2013” will demonstrate that organic food need not be expensive, and can be accessible to all. During the event organically grown produce from Dublin’s Community Gardens will be exchanged for free with any individuals who want to join in the fun by pledging to help out with their local community garden.
The Lord Mayor said “As Lord Mayor of Dublin, I want to enable community groups to access sites across the city that are currently unused or unde-rutilised. These sites could enhance the quality of life of all of Dublin’s residents if put to interim use for community development and environmental improvement. Dublin’s allotments and community gardens provide a positive role model for such interim use of brown field sites. I believe that September’s Dublin Harvest Festival will provide a significant boost for community garden projects, and will assist in such projects being more widely considered as a suitable interim use for the many vacant sites across the city.”
The 2013 Dublin Harvest Festival will bring different community gardeners together to celebrate their brilliant gardens while also encouraging others in the community to get growing and to set up their own community gardens.
For a vibrant green Dublin and a healthy garden movement. Changing the city one root at a time.
Dublin Community Growers is a network of community gardeners who meet monthly within central Dublin. An open group, they meet to discuss community gardening projects, and the issues faced by these projects. Dublin Community Growers also organise events to promote community gardens as amenities to be valued. The core ethos of Dublin Community Growers are represented by social inclusion, and environmental responsibility.
Dublin Community Growers support organic principles and animal welfare.
Benefits of Community Gardening
- Improves the quality of life for people in the garden.
- Provides a catalyst for neighbourhood and community development.
- Stimulates Social Interaction.
- Encourages Self-Reliance.
- Beautifies Neighbourhoods.
- Produces Nutritious Food.
- Reduces Family Food Budgets.
- Conserves Resources.
- Reduces Crime.
- Preserves Green Space.
- Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education.
- Creates income opportunities and economic development.
- Reduces city heat from streets and car parking areas.
- Provides opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connections.