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Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí launches Dublin Harvest Festival 2013.

Launch of the Harvest Festival 2013 at the Mansion House

The Dublin Community Growers annual Harvest Festival is supported by the Dublin City Community Forum, An Taisce Green Home and Green Communities Programmes.

“Harvest 2013” … Greening our city from the roots up!

On the 7th March 2013, saw the Lord Mayor of Dublin hosting the launch of the 2013 Dublin Harvest Festival within the Mansion House. Many participants, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters, from across Dublin’s many community garden projects, participated in the launch of this year’s Dublin Harvest Festival. The event will be held in September.

On Saturday 14th September “Harvest 2013” will demonstrate that organic food doesn’t need to be expensive, and can be accessible to all. 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.

The Lord Mayor said:

“As Lord Mayor of Dublin, I want to enable community groups to access sites across the city that are currently unused or unde-rutilised. These sites could enhance the quality of life of all of Dublin’s residents if put to interim use for community development and environmental improvement. Dublin’s allotments and community gardens provide a positive role model for such interim use of brown field sites. I believe that September’s Dublin Harvest Festival will provide a significant boost for community garden projects, and will assist in such projects being more widely considered as a suitable interim use for the many vacant sites across the city.”

The 2013 Dublin Harvest Festival will bring different community gardeners together to celebrate their brilliant gardens. Hopefully their enthusiasm will encourage others in the community to get growing and to set up their own community gardens.