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Banter: Grow It Yourself

There are some topics which are discussed at Banter which you always want to get back to because of the reaction of the audience and panelists. Next week’s Grow It Yourself discussion takes us back to the issue of food, …

Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 09:26

   

There are some topics which are discussed at Banter which you always want to get back to because of the reaction of the audience and panelists. Next week’s Grow It Yourself discussion takes us back to the issue of food, an issue very much in the news at the moment – I’m writing this while listening to various food industry CEOs on Morning Ireland try to spin their way out of the horse burger story. I’ll leave the horse jokes to someone else, but this is a story which is already spreading far and wide and may not be much of a laughing matter if it hits Irish food exports.

Safety, traceability and quality of food are at the heart of the current story and safety, traceability and quality are some of the reasons behind why people decide to grow their own food on a patch of land. The Grow It Yourself discussion has been prompted by the the Raver Cottage garden on the roof of the Bernard Shaw, the Twisted Pepper’s sister venue, which now provides the cafes and bars in both venues with fresh herbs and veg. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: there’s been a huge growth in the number of people ow growing their own vegtables, herbs and fruit as well as a massive growth in community gardens around the city and country. We haven’t got to the macro scale on this score (like trying and succeeding in growing food in the desert), but it is definitely growing.

We’re aiming to take a look at what’s behind this movement of going back to growing your own, the scalability and sustainability of this and how people can be encourage to take up a shovel and get digging. We’ll also examine if and how issues like food poverty can be tackled by the grow-it-yourself movement.

We’re doing this at the start of the year too as that’s when people make resolutions to tackle the garden or to get a vegetable patch together in the back yard so this will hopefully prompt some of you to actually follow through on your good intentions.

The Grow It Yourself panel: Ella McSweeney (RTE’s Ear to the Ground and BBC Radio 4), Kaethe Burt-O’Dea (Sitric Community Garden, SPUDS), Sinead Keenan (Healthy Food For All) and Andrew Douglas (Urban Farm, Dublin, which has just completed a very successful FundIt campaign to get the farm underway).


Artist’s impression of what the Urban Farm at Chocolate Factory might look like

Venue and date: Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1; Tuesday January 22 (doors open 7.30pm the Banter gets going at 8pm).

Tickets: admission is free but you must sign up in advance to our guestlist here.

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