“Feeding Ourselves May 26th – Food Farming and Rural Revitilisation”


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 practices such as social farming and high nature value farming.

With Ella McSweeney (RTE, BBC) Hannes Lorenzen (European Parliament, ARC2020) Pavlos Georgiadis (GROW Observatory Greece, Kannabio Hemp Co-operative), Helen Doherty (Social Farming Ireland), Clifford Guest (LIT), Aideen McGloin (Social Farming Researcher), Davie Philip (Cultivate), Fergal Anderson (Leaf and Root), Devyn Olson-Sawyer (Cultivate), Seamus Boland (National Rural Network), Oliver Moore (ARC2020, UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies) Noreen Byrne (UCC Centre for Co-operative Studies), Bruce Darrell (RED Gardens) Pippa Hackett (Green Party), Thomas O’Connor (Mana Organic), Róisín Nic Cóil (CSA Ireland), Pat Malone (Cloughjordan CSA), Tamara MacGinty (Cloughjordan CSA), Mimi Pierson (Crawford’s Farm), Julie Lockett (Riot Rye Bakehouse & Breadschool), Joanne Butler (CG Ireland), Kevin Dudley (Cloughjordan CSA), Judith Hitchman (URGENCY), Ben Whelan (GROW, Cultivate), Wendy Bailey (Cluckjordan Eggs / Cloughjordan CSA), Nathalie Markiefka & Sinead Moran (Foodture) and hopefully you!!! Organised by Cultivate and Cloughjordan Community farm, with support from NOTS, UCC’s Centre for Co-operative Studies, ARC2020, GROW Observatory, Social Farming Ireland, Night Orchard, Food Sovereignty Ireland, and CSA Ireland.

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 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







Learning Outcomes

  •         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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