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The Future is Rural Festival

Celebrating sustainable food, farming and community energy

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Friends of the Earth is delighted to co-host 'The Future is Rural', a sustainable rural futures fair on October 4 and 5, 2019 at The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in County Mayo.

Friends of the Earth have partnered with Foodture and the Irish Environmental Network to deliver this event which includes film screenings, talks, stalls, demonstrations and workshops, all focused on building sustainable rural futures through food, farming, and community energy.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

6 - 9pm, Friday, October 4, 2019

Seeding Change

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.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change is a 2017 documentary about a UK movement of farmers and food activists concerned with the modern food system, food sovereignty, sustainability, rural traditions and innovations.

This is a free event but booking is required via this link. 

Family fair

10am - 4.30pm, Saturday, October 5, 2019

Enjoy a fun and family-friendly fair, showcasing change-makers and innovators in sustainable food, farming and power. 

Join in a range of interactive family workshops throughout the day in the marquee.

Learn how to save seeds with Irish Seed Savers; explore soil health; hear about growing in small spaces with The Salad Bowl Project; look at zero waste with PAX; go on a slow food forage walk, and see a biodigester in action!

In the Museum's AV Theatre, watch a selection of short films throughout the day on themes of sustainable food and farming, followed by discussions on how to eat better for people, place, and planet.

Future is Rural Schedule

Admission free. No booking required.


This event is co-funded by the European Union Erasmus+ project. 


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