Feeding Ourselves.


Course Title:

Feeding Ourselves. Rural Revitalisation through a Cooperative Approach to Farming and Food.


This is the annual coming together of small farmers, community food advocates and anyone with an interest in good food, good farming and rural revitilisation.

This year’s focus is on community supported agriculture, co-operation, regenerative agriculture, citizen science, better agri-food policies and other people and planet friendly practices such as social farming and high nature value farming.

With Ella McSweeney (RTE, BBC, Guardian) Hannes Lorenzen (European Parliament, ARC2020, IATP, Forum Synergies) Pavlos Georgiadis (Community manager at GROW Observatory, Calypso olive oil, Kannabio co-operative), Aideen McGloin (Social Farming Ireland), Davie Philip (Cultivate), Oliver Moore (ARC2020, UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies) Noreen Byrne (UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies) Pippa Hackett (Green Party Spokesperson on farming and food) and Stuart Miekle (agri-consultant).

SpeakEATsy  – a convivial evening (19.00 till late.)

Feeding Ourselves’ networking dinner this year involves more than just food and chat.

This convivial evening session is a fundraiser for Cloughjordan Community Farm. The core components are a delicious shared meal; complementary beer from White Gypsy Brewery, the award Winning Irish Brewers; spoken word poetry from Mel White; live music from Maggie McEntee, SuzAnarchy, Áine Márie Hynes and Siren Harmony; a compelling conversation with Greek community food catalyst Pavlos Georgiadis & Cultivate’s Devyn Olson-Sawyer, with Pressure Drop DJs & Anacalypsis to finish.

SpeakEATsy is an experience – a happening – the core components are food; art; spoken word poetry; live musicians; a facilitated conversation with notable thinkers, writers or activists; and leading edge DJs to finish. But it is so much more than the sum of its parts. Food, conversation and music are great ways to bring people together – SpeakEATsy emerged from a novel take on these simple ingredients and the desire to cultivate community.
SpeakEATsy can be attended with or without booking Feeding Ourselves. (See pricing options)

This event is organised in conjunction with Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Food Sovereignty Ireland, White Gypsy and CSA Ireland. For more details see www.cultivate.ie and www.cloughjordancommunityfarm.ie

The National Organic Training Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. Therefore, the fees for the training course/seminar you wish to attend have been reduced.

Cost: Please note when you register your booking there is a drop down menu for you to select your ticket type.

  • 1 day conference fee €40 (excludes lunch)
  • 1 day conference fee with lunch €50
  • Networking dinner (SpeakEATsy) €25
  • Full package (conference and SpeakEATsy without lunch €55)
  • Full package (conference and SpeakEATSY dinner with lunch €65)




Learning Outcomes

  •         A better understanding of agri-food and rural policy, in Ireland and the EU.
  •         Knowledge of opportunities for farm diversification such as social farming, high nature value farming and community supported agriculture.
  •         Awareness of opportunities for better environmental management of farm land such as regenerative agriculture, permaculture and citizen science approaches.
  •         Knowledge of community and cooperative food initiates


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