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‘Greenside Up’ and Community Gardening in Ireland

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I’m also promoting the idea of workplace gardens to encourage business’ to use some of the land or roof space they have and encourage office bound staff to get outside and grow.

By Dee Sewell
Greenside Up
Teaching Growth. Teaching Green
Aug 2016
From Food For Cities Listserv

I am a horticulturalist teaching adults how to grow food in Ireland and volunteering as a founder member and chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland.

I started ‘Greenside Up’ back in June 2009 with the idea of visiting and teaching people in their own gardens who wanted to grow food without chemicals but weren’t sure how. The recession was beginning to take hold and it soon became apparent that group workshops for adults would be the most cost effective way for people to learn rather than private consultations. I created a basic programme that could be delivered in health food stores and village halls and then applied to become a tutor with my local adult Education Training Board delivering ‘hobby’ gardening courses.

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Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)

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Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates.

By Matthew Messner
The Architects Newspaper
Aug 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Perhaps the most notable of the school’s amenities is a three-acre urban farm. Along with producing its own power, the school will also produce a portion of its own food. Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates. The school believes the understanding of agriculture is an important part both of being a global citizen and of creating one’s relationship to food. Anchoring the farm is a greenhouse-barn where classes and presentations can be held for students and the community.

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Dublin: Derelict site transformed into thriving community garden

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The Mud Island community garden in Dublin. Before and after.

For 200 years up to the middle of the last century it was a locality of evil repute, “inhabited by a gang of smugglers, highwaymen, and desperadoes of every description”

By Brian Pelan
View Digital
November 17, 2015

Excerpt:

Following a two-year campaign by residents and the development of a clear proposal and committee structure, a yearly license was eventually granted by the local council to Mud Island. Since then the site has been cleared and leveled, raised beds built for vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a polytunnel and water harvesting system erected and flower garden and sitting area created.

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