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Supporting Creative Agriculture - Changing the Food System in Ireland - 19th July - 10am - 4pm

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In Ireland, food production is a commodity-based system for the most part. This exchange wants to focus on alternative approaches and showcase these to other farmers and the public. For example, a multi-functional approach to utilising your farm - This will involve engaging with the wider community in new models such community-supported agriculture, direct sales, agri tourism, cultural usages of farmland, social farming, and more.

Participants must be over 18. We cannot refund if cancellation within 1 week of the course.

Andrew Chilton (Social Farming) & Anne Maher (Urban Co-Op)

Andrew Chilton (Social Farming)
Deeply embedded in organic and social farming in Ireland for the last 15 years, Andrew Chilton is one of the most highly-respected figures in the sector. Hailing from South Africa, Andrew moved to Ireland in the late 1990s, and after some high-powered jobs in Dublin, packed up and moved west in order to start a new life in farming. Andrew has three main farming hats at the moment. He is the head trainer for the NOTS' Organic Production Principles course, the Border Midlands Regional Development Officer for Social Farming Ireland, and runs Knockvicar Alpaca Farm close to his home near Boyle, Co Roscommon. One of the most important social farming enterprises in Ireland, Social Farming provides people who use services with the opportunity for inclusion, to increase self-esteem and to improve health and well-being by taking part in day to day farm activities on a family farm. Andrew is involved in recruiting and training social farmers across the midlands, west, and border counties.

Anne Maher (Urban Co-Op)
Hailing from Limerick, Anne Maher is Managing Director for The Urban Co-Op - a Limerick-based enterprising group of individuals who have come together to create and sustain an environment that encourages the community to thrive. The Urban Co-Op has developed a community grocery co-operative, wellness hub and education space for the benefit of its members, the wider community and the environment. Beginning in July 2013 as a Buying Club, selling fruit and vegetables, bread and eggs, the Urban Co-Op is now a full service retail grocery store and Community Wellness Hub, with over 2,500 members.

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