The Cloughjordan Community Farm In association with the National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS), The Soil Association (UK), Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), URGENCI – Global Network of CSA’s, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate, and FEASTA present An all-Ireland conference on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 17th, 18th & 19th of February * Cloughjordan, Tipperary The aim of this weekend conference is to introduce the CSA concept to communities and growers on the island of Ireland.
The event will bring together food producers and emerging Irish CSA’s while creating networking and learning opportunities with experienced initiatives from across Europe.
Themes Producing Food Together – Sharing the Risk Case Studies from Successful CSAs, Can CSA Increase Community Resilience?
Diversification for Farmers and Growers Getting Started Sustainable Food Communities Access to Land Lifelong Learning and Training Speakers and Panelists Ella Mc Sweeney, RTE Presenter of Ear to the Ground Peter Young, Farmer and Journalist with Mick Kelly, GIY, Social Entrepreneur, and Founder of Grow It Yourself Ireland Amanda Daniel, CSA and Organic Buying Groups, Soil Association (UK) Judith Hitchman, International Consultant in Emerging Trends in Local Development Andrea Calori, President of Urgenci, International CSA Network Bruce Darrell, Grower, Food Systems Specialist, FEASTA Executive Committee Sarah Fleming, Local Food Consultant, formally Slow Food International and GIY Ireland Pat Malone, Producer at Cloughjordan Community Farm Ollie Moore, Food and agriculture journalist and food researcher Grace Maher, Development Officer with IOFGA Kevin Dudley, Former Orchard Manager at Irish Seed Savers and Biodynamic Grower Mimi Pearson, Cloughjordan Community Farm Davie Philip, Community Resilience Manager at Cultivate Yvonne O’Donovan, Hazelhurst CSA, UK Friday 17th Django’s Hostel, Cloughjordan Ecovillage 19.30 – Introduction – Welcome to the Ecovillage and Cloughjordan 20.00 – Voices from the Cloughjordan Community Farm An introduction to what the local CSA is doing.
21.00 – Networking – Speed dating for Food Initiatives 22.00 – Close Saturday 18th St Kieran’s Hall Cloughjordan 09.00 – Tea and Coffee 09.30 – How can CSAs increase community resilience and food sovereignty?