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Growing Community Roots, Fettercairn in Tallaght

The Growing Community Roots project in Fettercairn held a fabulous event to celebrate their many successes over the last few years. The project has helped support the development of local community gardens and runs healthy eating and nutrition programmes that help people enjoy food and recognise healthy options.

Children from the local school spoke about what the garden meant to them and said that they were really happy to learn how to grow vegetables and share what they learnt with their families and friends.

Geraldine said that she has learned so much in the cookery classes. Her children attend the gardening classes in school. They proudly came home with their bag of cabbages! Geraldine had to cook them up for dinner that evening. They were so proud to be eating something that they had grown themselves; they even wanted to drink the cabbage water because they were taught it was full of iron!

Foluke has learned lots about food waste and reusing leftovers and feels very empowered by it. This has helped her save money on her food budget. Her family are now eating healthier and she also feels very happy to be meeting new people from her community. Foluke spoke about how she feels the cookery and nutrition classes are “changing lives”.

Martin has learned so much and is delighted to be taking the learning home to his four children and to have a real understanding of what they are eating and why. Because of his new healthy cooking techniques Martin can now taste the difference between processed and freshly home-cooked meals! He has also lost three stone in the process.

In HFfA we have been very proud to support the development of the Growing Community Roots project as part of the safefood-funded Community Food Initiative Programme 2013-15. We take the wealth of leaning from working with these amazing projects to inform and support our policy positions.

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For more information please contact Mary Clare Wallace MaryClare.Wallace@sdcpartnership.ie.

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