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2012 Dublin Harvest Festival

Dublin Harvest Festival 2012 Poster

Venue: Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis St. Dublin 1

Date: Saturday 29th September 2012, from 11am until 5pm.

2012 Dublin Harvest Festival Poster

The event is 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 shared 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. In return for helping with watering, weeding, and other activities, participants will 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. Children and adults can make their own apple juice from apples that have been collected from trees all over the city.

The Green Home Programme, funded by the EPA, 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 also also reducing their environmental impact. A representative from An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme will 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.

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 Moss11:0011:10
Community Forum Introduction Video: Kristina McElroy11:1011:20
Water Resource Seminar – Introduction: Kristina McElroy11:2011:30
Water Resource Presentation: Lorna Kelly11:3012:00
Green Home Presentation: Dorothy Stewart12:0012:30
Water Resource Presentation: Kristina McElroy12:3013:00
Lunch Break and screening of video clips13:0013:50
Community Supported Agriculture Seminar – Introduction: Robert Moss13:5014:00
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens: Emma McGuigan14:0014:30
Nyeleni Food Sovereignty Movement: Joey Feeley14:3015:00
Community Harvest Group Skerries: Rosaleen McMenamin15:0015:30
Dublin CSA Project Start Up Initative: Sean Shanagher15:3015:50
DCG Community Garden Workshop: Peadar Lynch15:5016:30
DCG Cooperative Workshop : Peadar Lynch16:3017:00
Schedule of Events – Events Marquee.
Food Waste, What’s the Story?: Nuala Madigan11:3012:00
Food Sovereignty: Fergal Anderson12:0012:30
Urban Beekeeping: Liam McGarry12:3013:00
Lunch Break13:0014:00
Foraging: Barbara Ebert14:0014:30
Guerrilla Gardening: Ciaran O’Brien14:3015:00
Agrihomepathy: Mary Gunning15:0015:30
Stall Holders Tent
Tent No.Stall Holders
1Dublin Community Growers
2Healthy Food For All
3Green Home
4Dublin Cycling Campaign
5Food Sovereignty
6Irish Peatands Conservation Association
7Dublin Food Cooperative
10FiFi Loves
11Heritage Garden & Mary Mai
12Dublin Bee Keepers
14Voice of Concern for the Environment
15Irish Seed Savers
16Community Garden Network

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.

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.

Film: 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.