Growing Together is a Young Friends of the Earth Europe project across seven European Countries, including Ireland, which aims to provides a voice for young people, particularly those from rural areas, to engage with crucial debates on the future of food production, and the wider debates on the future of Europe.
Friends of the Earth Ireland will be coordinating a programme of activities and opportunities with and for young people in Ireland to join workshops and trainings here and in other European partner countries over the next two years.
If you are between 18 and 30 years old and you are interested in getting involved in this project or attending any of the trainings please get in touch with Triona by email to email@example.com
Ireland needs the agriculture sector to make a real contribution to emissions reduction if we are going to do anything like our fair share to contain climate breakdown and fulfil the Paris Agreement.
But how much? And how? This debate can be fraught with confusing scientific information and no little spinning. Well, we're here to try and untangle it for you.
Watch our recent webinar on What Contribution can Agriculture make to Climate Action where were joined by our policy expert Sadhbh O'Neill to explain what's going on, along with Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland and Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm.
If you missed it, don't worry. We're recording all of our webinars so you can watch them in your own time.
On our Futureof Food webinar last week, we heard from Wayne Frankham of the Irish Seed Savers Association, Sinéad Moran of Foodture, and Fergal Anderson of Talamh Beo on the practical work that these organisations are doing around food and food justice issues in Ireland and abroad.
We’ll be joined by speakers from Irish Seed Savers, Foodture, and Talamh Beo. This will be an engaging session to relate the practical work that organisations are doingaround food in Ireland with global justice issues.
Issued in the blog on February 27, 2020 at 11:38:00.
The Growing Together project has been working with a group of youth agri-activists (which includes farmers, horticulturists, students, policy geeks, rural and urban youth from Ireland and beyond) to raise awareness and share skills on regenerative agriculture in Ireland and Europe.
Issued in the blog on February 23, 2020 at 12:47:00.
Alex Tone is an American student in her third year of Political Science and Geography at Trinity College Dublin. She is an active member of the Growing Together agri-activist team and one of the organizers for The Climate Hustings - an independently-organized event for candidates in the general election to respond to individuals and grassroots groups - that took place at the Mansion House on February 3rd.
These are some of her reflections on the event.
What place is there for a blow-in in a national election?
Issued in the blog on October 25, 2019 at 15:14:00.
Through October Friends of the Earth were celebrating the Good Food Good Farming Days of Action as part of our Growing Together project by championing the change makers who are shaping a fairer food system here in Ireland.
Good Food Good Farming is a European civil society alliance that calls on decision makers to support for peasant farmers, environment- and climate-friendly agriculture which is tied into local economies across global food chains.
Issued in the blog on October 18, 2019 at 15:29:00.
Supporting the launch of Talamh Beo!
In support of the growing community of sustainable growers and farmers in Ireland, Friends of the Earth joined the launch of Talamh Beo, a new grassroots organisation of farmers, growers and land based workers, launched outside the Department of Agriculture where they presented an oak tree to Minister Creed.
In preparation for the launch action Friends of the Earth hosted two film screening and banner painting sessions to encourage citizens to stand with small sustainable farmers and call on the government to support the vision of Talamh Beo - a living landscape where people and ecosystems can thrive together.
Check out Foodture and Talamh Beo to find out more on how to support your local, small, sustainable farmers in Ireland!
Issued in the blog on September 25, 2019 at 21:34:00.
Celebrating sustainable food, farming and community energy
Come along to 'The Future is Rural', a sustainable rural futures fair on October 4 and 5, in Ballina, County Mayo.
Delivered by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth, this event includes film screenings, talks, stalls, demonstrations and children's workshops, all focussed on building sustainable rural futures through food, farming and community energy.
In Our Hands: Seeding Change
6 - 9pm, Friday, October 4, 2019
The first part of this event is a screening in the museum's AV Theatre of the award-winning and thought-provoking documentary In Our Hands: Seeding Change. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion with foodies, farmers, activists and experts.
The Growing Together project, which aims to engage young people on the topic of food production, have been busy networking and training over the past few months. Here's a round-up of what they've been up to.
CAP - Let's Lift the Lid
In the lead up to the European elections the Growing Together project hosted a training on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in partnership with Foodture called 'CAP - Let's Lift the Lid'. The event featured a Fair Food Feast with all food sourced from local, sustainable farmers and a photo exhibition featuring the farmers who grew the food.