Regional Workshop on CFI’s
Healthy Food for All ran its second workshop on Community Food Initiatives in conjunction with Ballybeg Community Garden at Ballybeg Parish Centre, Waterford on 21st February. Liz Riches and Séan O’Driscoll of Ballybeg Horticulture Initiative gave a presentation on the outstanding work that is being carried out by the local community in transforming the unused space into a fantastic horticulture garden. The Community Garden gives people an opportunity to work together, to share skills, swap seeds and provide fresh healthy food to their family and neighbours. It is a wonderful resource for the local community, and it was a truly inspiring experience for all participants. For further information please contact Séan on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
There were presentations in the afternoon from CFIs throughout the South East. Food Focus presented on their work in Knocknaheeny, Cork where they are in the process of developing a community garden and are supporting their local community to grow and cook their own food. Cook It! presented on the work being carried out with local community groups in Kilkenny. Cook It! Is a practical cookery course which helps people to improve their cooking skills, explore healthy eating and how to cook healthy meals on a budget.
Breakout sessions were facilitated on Planning and Managing your Community Food Initiative, Accessing Resources for your Community Food Initiative and Engaging With Your Local Community. We also held a Networking Market Place where participants shared and gathered learning on various types of CFIs. There was much positivity and enthusiasm throughout the day and many left feeling inspired by Ballybeg Community Garden and the work being done by the various community projects represented.