Harvest 2012

The 2012 Dublin Harvest Festival


Dublin Community Growers would like to thank everybody that supported us in delivering Dublin’s first Free Harvest Festival on Saturday 29th September 2012.

The day went flawlessly which indicates how well planned, and how well supported this new event for Dublin is. This is quite an achievement for a first night show! This is even more impressive as it was delivered by unpaid volunteers. Well done to everyone who helped out on the day, and also behind the scenes for many days beforehand.

Dublin Community Growers would also like to thank our partners:

  • The Dublin Community Forum, and the Environmental Focus Group of Dublin Community Forum in particular.
  • An Taisce Green Home and Green Communities Programme.
  • Dublin City Council Events Department.
  • WALK

Our Supporters:

  • The Lighthouse Cinema
  • PM Group
  • Go Car
  • Creative Binding
  • CBC Distributors
  • Healthy Food for All
  • The Church Bar & Restaurant
  • Smartphonetraining.ie

We would also like to thank our Sponsors:

  • The EPA
  • Glenisk
  • Axa Insurance
  • Community Foundation for Ireland
  • Dublin City Council

All of the speakers including:

Robert Moss, Lorna Kelly, Dr Dorothy Stewart, Kristina McElroy, Emma McGuigan, Joey Feeley, Rosaleen McMenamin, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí, Sean Shanagher, Peadar Lynch, William Morrogh, Nuala Madigan, Fergal Anderson, Liam McGarry, Barbara Ebert, Ciaran O’Byrne.

All Event Coordinators including:

Kevin Dennehy, Peader Lynch, Marion Kelly, Jacqueline Kelleher, William Morrogh, Mary Gunning, Helen Cantrell, Robert Moss, Gavin Kenny, Miren Samper, William Brennan.

Also:

Niamh Cunningham of DCC, Kevin Dennehy of DCG, Singer; Sheila G-La Giles-Mullen, Chief Apple Juice Presser Derek Moffat, Van drivers Tony Louth and Fiona McCauley, Sandra Austin, Niamh McDonald, Georgina Buffini, Mick keigher, St John’s Ambulance, UCD Environmental Field Station, Newbridge House, all of the Stallholders, Volunteers and Community Gardeners.


Dublin Harvest 2012, Sept 29th 2012…. from DCTV on Vimeo.

 


This will be held within Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis St. Dublin 1 on Saturday 29th September 2012, from 11am until 5pm. It is being organised by Dublin Community Growers, a voluntary non-profit organisation which was set up to support existing community gardens and promote the development of new ones. The core ethos of Dublin Community Growers is represented by social inclusion and environmental responsibility. 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. This could be with specific projects, or with the general maintenance and gardening that such projects always require a hand with. As well as helping with watering, weeding, and other activities, such participants will also be able to acquire the horticultural and administrative skills that community garden project volunteers need in order to maintain these garden projects.

Dublin’s first free Public Harvest Festival will also feature many Workshops, Presentations, Information Stalls, Live Music, Film Screenings, as well as a Seed Swap. Amongst other activities, school children will be able to get involved in “Seed Bomb” Workshops, and pressing their own organic apple juice. The Green Home Programme is funded by the EPA and along with Healthy Food for All, is one of the partner organisations supporting the Dublin Harvest Festival. They will be delivering presentations on their Green Home Programme which supports households in reducing their bills by also reducing their environmental impact. A representative from An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme will also be on hand to provide information and guidance to those looking to bring a positive environmental message back to their school community.

For information on our generous sponsors, contributors and schedule of events, go to Dublin Harvest Festival.

For more information: dublinharvestfestival@hotmail.com


This will be held within Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis St. Dublin 1 on Saturday 29th September 2012, from 11am until 5pm. It is being organised by Dublin Community Growers, a voluntary non-profit organisation which was set up to support existing community gardens and promote the development of new ones. The core ethos of Dublin Community Growers is represented by social inclusion and environmental responsibility. 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. This could be with specific projects, or with the general maintenance and gardening that such projects always require a hand with. As well as helping with watering, weeding, and other activities, such participants will also be able to acquire the horticultural and administrative skills that community garden project volunteers need in order to maintain these garden projects.

Dublin’s first free Public Harvest Festival will also feature many Workshops, Presentations, Information Stalls, Live Music, Film Screenings, as well as a Seed Swap. Amongst other activities, school children will be able to get involved in “Seed Bomb” Workshops, and pressing their own organic apple juice. The Green Home Programme is funded by the EPA and along with Healthy Food for All, is one of the partner organisations supporting the Dublin Harvest Festival. They will be delivering presentations on their Green Home Programme which supports households in reducing their bills by also reducing their environmental impact. A representative from An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme will also be on hand to provide information and guidance to those looking to bring a positive environmental message back to their school community.


The vegetables, herbs, and fruit grown in Dublin’s thirty Community Gardens will be given away at this festival to city residents in exchange for pledges to help out with their local community garden.

Dublin City’s first free public Harvest Festival will also feature workshops on beekeeping, composting, foraging and water conservation. Children and adults can make their own apple juice from apples that have been collected from trees all over the city.

There will be talks on how to set up a community garden, horticulture, and the notion of food sovereignty whereby people are put in touch with local food producers in an attempt to support locally grown food.

Fun events will include live music, film clips and a seed swap whereby visitors to the festival can exchange surplus garden seeds for new varieties. Arts and crafts stalls will showcase Dublin’s artisan skills.

Seed Bomb workshops will allow children and adults to get their hands dirty mixing clay and peat with seeds and making bombs to take away to ‘green’ waste grounds in their area.


Schedule of Events – Community Forum Marquee.

Opening Speech: Robert Moss 11:00 11:10
Community Forum Introduction Video: Kristina McElroy 11:10 11:20
Water Resource Seminar – Introduction: Kristina McElroy 11:20 11:30
Water Resource Presentation: Lorna Kelly 11:30 12:00
Green Home Presentation: Dorothy Stewart 12:00 12:30
Water Resource Presentation: Kristina McElroy 12:30 13:00
Lunch Break and screening of video clips 13:00 13:50
Community Supported Agriculture Seminar – Introduction: Robert Moss 13:50 14:00
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens: Emma McGuigan 14:00 14:30
Nyeleni Food Sovereignty Movement: Joey Feeley 14:30 15:00
Community Harvest Group Skerries: Rosaleen McMenamin 15:00 15:30
Dublin CSA Project Start Up Initative: Sean Shanagher 15:30 15:50
DCG Community Garden Workshop: Peadar Lynch 15:50 16:30
DCG Cooperative Workshop : Peadar Lynch 16:30 17:00
Close 17:00

 

Schedule of Events – Events Marquee.

Food Waste, What’s the Story?: Nuala Madigan 11:30 12:00
Food Sovereignty: Fergal Anderson 12:00 12:30
Urban Beekeeping: Liam McGarry 12:30 13:00
Lunch Break 13:00 14:00
Foraging: Barbara Ebert 14:00 14:30
Guerrilla Gardening: Ciaran O’Brien 14:30 15:00
Agrihomepathy: Mary Gunning 15:00 15:30

 

Stall Holders Tent

 

Tent No. Stall Holders
1 Dublin Community Growers
2 Healthy Food For All
3 Green Home
4 Dublin Cycling Campaign
5 Food Sovereignty
6 Irish Peatands Conservation Association
7 Dublin Food Cooperative
8 Quickcrop
9 Walk
10 FiFi Loves
11 Heritage Garden & Mary Mai
12 Dublin Bee Keepers
13 Enrich
14 Voice of Concern for the Environment
15 Irish Seed Savers
16 Community Garden Network
17 Spuds

 

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As part of the very first Dublin Harvest Festival we will be showing a film in The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield on Thursday 27th September at 8.30 pm. As places are limited please RSVP and let us know if you would like to attend, by email at kevindennehy@hotmail.com or by phone on 0851003955.

The main film is an award winning 2008 documentary called “The Garden” about a 14 acre community garden in Los Angeles, this will be preceded by a short 12 minute version of “The Hidden Garden” by Garvan Gallagher which tells the story of a community garden in North Inner City Dublin.

The Hidden Garden

“It’s like going to mass” is how one resident describes her time in The Hidden Garden. In 2009, the locals of a small residential street in Dublin’s north inner city decided to give purpose to an empty patch of land that was left overgrown, debris-filled and purposeless since the 1980’s. The Hidden Garden documents the transformation of this dumping ground into a vibrant, energetic and award winning community garden. This project and this film in particular is about the human story behind a simple idea, a story that documents the slow emergence of far more than vegetables, but a reawakening of a community.

The Garden

The Garden is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. This 88 minute documentary tells the story of the now demolished South Central Farm; a community garden and urban farm located in Los Angeles, California.

The 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles was the largest of its kind in the United States. Formed after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?

The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.


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For more information: dublinharvestfestival@hotmail.com or Robert.moss2@mydit.ie

For volunteer enquiries please contact: peadar.lynch@gmail.com or kevindennehy@hotmail.com

For stall and event opportunities please contact: williammorrogh1@eircom.net

Latest news for Harvest Festival 2012: The growers have been busy!

Much has happened since the launch in the Mansion House in May. We are delighted with the enthusiasm and commitment of all involved in what promises to be a fantastic festival in Wolfe Tone Park on September 29th. The generosity of all involved is most grateful. Working together as a team has been at the heart of the festival. Many pledges of donations of food for the day have been made. Re the storage of the produce for the festival, Gavin Kenny has generously offered the use of his lock up garage. We want to keep everyone up to date on progress to date.

Willie Brennan has been working really hard and has his supply of home grown comfrey ready to distribute from his SCR garden. Willie is also donating herbs for the festival.

Fingal County Council has very kindly offered to supply apples for the event from Newbridge Demesne, Donabate;

Free copies of the Dublin City Guide to Community Gardening will be provided by the Dublin Community Forum.

Marion Kelly in addition to sourcing the apples has received a pledge from CBC of some candles. Marion has also secured bags for the distribution of the produce from Creative Binding Ltd and Evans Ltd.

Mary Gunning has kindly pledged to donate green beans she is growing in the Heritage Garden.

WALK is a progressive organisation where people who have intellectual disabilities are supported to live self determined lives within socially inclusive communities. Walk has kindly offered to provide vegetables from their garden along with a donkey and cart.

The Serenity Community Garden growers in Phibsborough have also very kindly pledged to provide herbs for the festival.

Huge thanks also to Philo Kielty and Derek Moffat for their pledge to donate herbs.

For all our fellow community garden growers we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to pledge a donation for this festival. You can contact us @ dublinharvestfestival@hotmail.com


Harvest Festival Launch:

@ Mansion House, Dawson St. D2.

Thursday, 17 May, 10:00 – 11:00

Press Release for Harvest Festival Launch