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Dublin Community Growers celebrate successful Harvest Festival

Weather dampens turnout for 2016 Harvest Festival

Dublin Community Growers' Harvest Festival took place at Mountjoy Square

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13 September 2016 | 0

As the growing season reached its climax for the year many practitioners from a vibrant urban growing scene held their annual get together in Mountjoy Square.  This saw community gardens, allotments, horticultural social enterprise projects, and school gardens get together to show off their produce, activities, and achievements throughout the year.

As well as Food Stalls, Activities for Kids, and Live Music, there were also Talks and Workshops about Community Supported Agriculture, Urban Bee Keeping, and Practical Herbalism.

The weather was truly appalling, more so than at any other Dublin Harvest Festival since they were initiated by Dublin Community Growers in 2012.  This inevitably effected turnout on the day, but regardless there were plenty of participants that showed up.  It is a testament to the health and vitality of Dublin’s contemporary urban growing scene that so many enthusiastic members of the public did attend this free event.

Why should you get involved in a community garden?  There are numerous reasons but we can start with just three.

One; you will be producing organic fruit and vegetables for your family to eat. Remember that a healthy diet, low in fat and salt and high in fruit and vegetables, is a significant factor in reducing the risk of heart disease.

Two; community gardens in Dublin produce lots of organic vegetables grown right on our doorstep.  This also means that such gardens are helping to save the planet by reducing our carbon footprint.

Three; you can join a community garden free of charge.  All you are asked to give is your time, a couple of hours each week, and in return you get access to fresh vegetables, and the company of like minded individuals.  With over 50 community gardens in Dublin to choose from it has never been easier to get involved.  Information on the gardens is available on our website at www.dcg.ie

Dublin Community Growers is a network of community gardeners who meet monthly within Central Dublin.  An open group, we meet to discuss community gardening projects, and the issues faced by these projects.  Dublin Community Growers also organise events to promote community gardens as amenities to be valued.  The core ethos of Dublin Community Growers is represented by social inclusion, and environmental responsibility.  Dublin Community Growers support organic principles and animal welfare.

“Planting a garden isn’t just about growing veggies.  It’s about cultivating the seeds that grow strong communities” Jairo Javier, Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago

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