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Food and Agriculture: Growing Together; Community Food Systems - Ireland

Food and Agriculture: Growing Together; Community Food Systems - Ireland

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Food and Agriculture: Growing Together; Community Food Systems - Ireland
Food and Agriculture: Growing Together; Community Food Systems - Ireland

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Published by: OlgaBentz on Oct 29, 2011
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Food and Agriculture-
Growing Together; Community FoodSystemsThe problem
 A “community food system” is one in
which sustainable food production,processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance theenvironmental, economic, and social and nutritional health of a particular place. This is a goal towards which many communities are now striving. Across the country, communities are initiating diverse projects that developconnections between different parts of the food system.
Policy relevance and policy references
In October 2009 The Green Party and Fianna Fail agreed a RenewedProgramme for Government in order to govern in coalition. The following is anextract:Organic farming, farmers markets, GM free Ireland and community gardenswere all included in the policy.
Key messages for radio listeners
We need to improve access by all community members to an adequate,affordable, nutritious diet this can be helped by establishing communitygardens. As well as places to grow food and learn how best to do that,community gardens are a fantastic way to meet your neighbors. CommunitySupported Agriculture is another way people can get involved in food
production and support local producers. CSA’s can
also be a way to helpsmall farmers remain economically viable in these difficult times. For manythis system is a way to take responsibility for how our food is produced and toreduce the distance from the field to our plates.
Intro for the radio programme 
In this weeks show we are going to explore, community gardens, foodcooperatives and a new idea called a CSA, a community supported agricultureproject or a community farm. We are going to hear about the CommunitySupported Agriculture initiative in Cloughjordan, talk about the Dublin FoodCooperative in Newmarket Street and explore why we need to buildcommunity food systems as well as growing some food ourselves.
Market development/Market supply/Changing behaviour 
Get Ireland Growing
is a campaign run by the Green Party to encourage people to grow their own food in order to stay healthy, save air miles, learn new skills, get the family involved andenhance community involvement.
The National Community Garden Association
was formed in Nov 2008 with support fromWicklow Community Gardening Network, Cultivate Centre, Climate Champions, Soul Foodgroup and the Organic Centre. Plots of land have been found in all manner of ways: donatedby parish priests and schools for use by local schoolchildren.
The Organic Centre in Leitrim
runs a school garden project as part of their ‘Peace &Environment Programme’, they currently work with 6 primary schools in Enniskillen, Garrison
and Rossinver. Experienced gardeners from The Organic Centre work with teachers and
children in each of the schools to create an organic ‘kitchen garden’ growing vegetables,
fruit, herbs and flowers.Irish Community Food Growing: http://irishcommunityfoodgrowing.org/ is a network for Community Gardens and Allotments across the country.
Mechanisms and supporting measures
 The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund promotes sustainable developmentby assisting small, non-profit environmental projects at a local level. Any project that willimprove local levels of environmental awareness, or help to build greener more sustainablecommunities can apply for funding.
Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA) is Ireland’s leading organic

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