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Growing Together is a cross European project 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.

The aim of the project is to support young activists and farmers to build skills and take action on issues relating to food and agriculture.

The project offers trainings and skill-building opportunities and provides supports to young people who wish to plan, organisie and facilitates events, workshops, film screenings, information stalls, actions, etc. 

Join the Agri-Activist Team!

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 you can join here at this link.

Some news from the Growing Together agri-activist group - a guest blog by Conor Haugh

Issued in the blog on July 30, 2020 at 19:05:00.

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The Growing Together agri-activist group

New social media presence - follow us today

With summer in full swing, there are a lot of things to be excited about. And we, in the Growing Together agri-activist group, have even more for you. We're excited to say that we're launching our own social media presence. You can now find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also offering you the chance to contribute to our latest project and win prizes for doing so!

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Coming up for Growing Together

Issued in the blog on June 18, 2020 at 09:03:00.

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The Growing Together Activists are busy planning their next actions - watch this space for the following events, publications and activities!

July - Growing Together will be hosting a weekly social media take over showcasing the inspiring work of regenerative farmers, urban growers and other food activists around the country! If you are a farmer, grower or activist and you would like to be featured get in touch with Triona by emailing info@foe.ie.

August - Some of our Growing Together activists have been researching food sovereignty in the Irish context over the past few months. We will be releasing their much anticipated ‘Booklet on Food Sovereignty in Ireland’ in August with an online webinar. The booklet will be available for distribution online and in print.

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Catching up on Growing Together

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2020 at 23:26:00.

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COVID-19 has brought our global food system into sharp focus. There is a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to source local, sustainable food that is produced in harmony with nature and provides a living wage to farmers.

The Growing Together activist group, which is supported by Friends of the Earth, have been busy creating opportunities for people to learn more about food sovereignty in Ireland and how we can promote and engage with it. Here’s a quick round up of what the team have been up to over the past few months. Sign up here if you'd like to get involved!

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Young FoE Europe Declaration on Food Sovereignty & Training

Issued in the blog on June 02, 2020 at 15:33:00.

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From Friday June 5th, Friends of the Earth organisations from across Europe we will be running an exciting series of food sovereignty workshops, trainings & online events for young people (under 30).

We have fantastic line up of speakers, facilitators and activists AND the opportunity to meet with MEPs so young people can promote their demands on agriculture and food sovereignty at European level. The training will take the form of a series of online webinars.

Click Here to Register – Closing at midnight on June 2nd 2020.

 Schedule of the Food Sovereignty training:

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Watch it Back - Agriculture's Contribution to Climate Action Webinar

Issued in the blog on May 17, 2020 at 11:06:00.

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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.

Watch it back here.

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Foodie Workshops for ECO-Week

Issued in the blog on May 14, 2020 at 18:11:00.

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Next week we will be running an exciting series of food and nature related workshops for young people (under 30's) as part of ECO-UNESCO's 'Eco-Week'.

We have an fantastic line up of speakers, facilitators and activists who will explore different aspects of food & nature and how we engage with it. 

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Watch it back - Future of Food Webinar

Issued in the blog on May 13, 2020 at 16:23:00.

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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.

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Join us for a webinar on the future of food!

Issued in the blog on April 28, 2020 at 15:13:00.

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Globally, and within Ireland, there are many injustices built into our food system.Join us for a webinar to discuss these dynamics - and solutions- on Wednesday May 6th at 2pm EST / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET.

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. 

Corporate Capture of Common Goods

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Growing Together, Time to Get Involved!

Issued in the blog on February 27, 2020 at 11:38:00.

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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.

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Climate Hustings - Guest Blog

Issued in the blog on February 23, 2020 at 12:47:00.

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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?

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