One Cauldron : How can Nature and Farming Exist Together?

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One Cauldron : How can Nature and Farming Exist Together? 

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Join The Acorn Project  in a series of conversations with   panellists  of farmers and organisations who will share their stories and experience in working towards a shared vision of how we can create healthy food and farming systems in which nature can thrive and co exist.    

The Acorn Project ‘ One Cauldron’  is a bite sized breakfast buffet bringing  together nature and farming in one bite as we blend wild foraged delights with local farm produce and ask the question :  How can nature and farming  exist together?

Nature and Farming in One Bite 

This taster platter aims  to stimulate a discussion on how we can collaborate as communities to create food and farming systems in which nature can co exist and thrive. Attendees will be treated to a blend of wild tastes and farmed local produce. Each element of the bitesize breakfast will bring together wild foraged foods and local farmed produce as we reflect on farming and land management practices that can support a vision towards food systems that can support nature and a healthy future for the planet and humans.

All ingredients will be  supplied by farmers and growers taking part in the conversations. The wild foods will be foraged and processed by the Acorn Project and transformed in the cauldron  by our cook in residence Natalia Caulfield to bring you a taste of what this vision of our future food systems might taste like. 

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Our bitesize breakfast will include:  Birch Sap Elixir,  acorn flour muffins  with  wild blueberries form Sliabh na mBan  and Pumpkins form Bosco’s Garden, Oat Bars inspired by the ancient recipe for Diancecht’s Porridge, Rashers and sausages from Wolly Farm  served with Hawthorn ketchup, Wild Chantrelle Fritters with Gorse Flower Syrup from Gorse Farm, Bunclody as well as other seasonal surprises. 

The Acorn Project is a non-profit organisation delivering  nature based learning, wellbeing and training  programmes  that empower communities to take action in ecological restoration through reconnection with their local  woodlands and wild spaces through  community seed saving , forest school , nature connection and sharing of traditional skills. 

10am  The importance of soil and regenerative farming for sustainable food systems and climate action . Suzanne Crampton and Dr. Fiona MacGowan 
11am  Seed Sovereignty and food systems for the future. Why the Transmission of skills and knowledge can support food security.  .Kitty scully from Association of Irish Growers 
12 pm A Vision for Forests into the Future. How can we organise our food systems to support an agroecological model? Agroforestry Researcher /Michael Somers  Teagasc  / The Acorn Project / Mickal Millis / 
1pm  Meet the growers : Climate Action , food Security and supporting local growers. Meet local farmers who are using sustainable practices to create market gardens and support biodiversity on their farms.Fintan White from Wooly Farm, Shane Hatton from Bosco’s Garden and Janet Power from Gorse Farm. 
Michael Somers is from Kilkenny. After graduation from UCD in 2003 he worked with the Dept of Agriculture (Forest Service) on the National Forest Inventory. He has spent the past 17 years working as a forest development officer in Teagasc in Counties Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Kilkenny. He has been heavely involved in setting up forest owner growers groups, forest education and promoting different communication strategies in Knowledge Transfer. He was also Artistic Director or the Teagasc Farming and Country life event in Athenry in 2016 and was awarded Kilkenny Person of the Year for Rural Development in 2018.

Bosco’s Garden is a small regenerative farm and market garden established in 2020 just outside Kilkenny City. We grow vegetables, salad greens, herbs, teas, fruit and nuts using no-dig permaculture techniques, working with nature to create a balanced farm ecology. We supply local restaurants with our produce and run a busy farm shop on Fridays, right beside the garden where all the food is grown. To follow our journey you can join us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook where we give detailed insight on our growing methods.    

Kitty Scully Bio –  2022 Kitty Scully is a well-known organic gardener and local food advocate in Ireland. Growing up on a mixed organic farm in Co Laois, she picked up a love of eating and growing good food at a young age. She nurtured this through travelling the world working on organic farms and studying. An MSc in Organic Horticulture is her highest paper accolade but her practical achievements go far beyond. Kitty has had a diverse career in organic horticulture, from managing a market garden for nuns, spearheading the organic conversion of Airfield’s Estate food gardens and to writing for national papers and presenting on TV gardening shows. Kitty is a natural communicator who regularly gives talks, lectures and teaches workshops on food growing using organic methods. She has recently returned to her native county after indulging her passion for travel and continued learning on a one-year Regenerative Farm study trip in Colombia. She is currently restoring a 2-acre walled garden for organic fruit and veg production using regenerative practices. She also co-ordinates the Organic Growers of Ireland’s Small Growers Network. Kitty’s energy and enthusiasm for growing, learning and talking about allthings soil based is endless.

Gorse Farm is a small farm located just outside the town of Bunclody,
Co.Wexford. Established by Jenny Watkins and Janet Power in 2016 the
farm produces a range of certified organic leaves which can be found
in Supervalu’s across Wexford.
Our approach to farming is based upon working with nature to create
healthy soil, which in turn produces healthy crops. We pride ourselves
on being custodians of the land and since we began this journey we
have enjoyed watching nature flourish in response to planting numerous
native trees and hedgerows.  

Hello my name is Fintan White I am a part time agricultural consultant and a full time farmer. Our family farm is a hive of activity, it is run by myself and My father Willie as well as Alan who works on the farm and plenty of other pairs of hands both family and beyond that come to help at the busy times of the year. Our farm is a mixed organic farm, we have 300 breeding ewes, beef cattle, cereal crops both for feeding home stock and for sale as organic oats to Flahavan’s, I also have a horticultural enterprise where I grow a wide range of vegetables on a market garden scale along which along with a flock of 30 hens living in a mobile hen house I supply eggs and vegetables to people in the locality through a box scheme also known as a CSA (community supported agriculture). I am 28 years old and I am proud to be a young farmer. My upbringing and education have been very much centred in the world of agriculture. I studied Animal and Crop Production at undergraduate level at UCD before complete my MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in NUIG. After being inspired by many other farmers I have developed a love for farming systems and in particular organic farming. I am fascinated by the interactions both large and small that take place on the farm and the role we as farmers can have in striving to create an ecosystem where crops, vegetables, animals, flora and fauna can all flourish in harmony. I once heard the word sustainability in the farming context defined as a farm in which good quality food is being produced, with a fair return of income and fair level of labour while having a positive impact on the environment. Not an easy task but it gives us something to strive towards.s.  

Ticket Information

1pm Meet the growers : Climate Action , food Security and supporting local growers.
€ 6
End: 29.10.2022 12:00 AM
12pm A Vision for Forests into the Future. How can we organise our food systems to support an agroecological model?
€ 6
End: 29.10.2022 12:00 AM
11am Seed Sovereignty and food systems for the future. Why the Transmission of skills and knowledge can support food security.
€ 6
End: 29.10.2022 12:00 AM
10am Why Soil matters?
€ 6
End: 29.10.2022 12:00 AM

Date And Time

29.10.2022 @ 10:00 AM to
29.10.2022 @ 02:00 PM



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