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“The garden provides me and Isabella with a great way to spend valuable time together – outdoors, enjoying the fresh air. Isabella loves helping me with the vegetables and she is also learning the importance of growing your own food and the part this plays in having a healthy lifestyle even at a young age.”
Working with schools we’re always blown away by the fantastic work staff, parents and volunteers do every day to support children eat well. We, in Healthy Food for All, believe that this work needs to be supported. In January we partnered with HSE Health Promoting Schools and the Children and Young People’s Committee in Letterkenny…
“It is therapeutic – I feel when I am just doing the garden just weeding, I can be talking about personal stuff and it feels like you can unburden yourself emotionally and physically. It is an easy way to talk; it’s not formal or confrontational.”
“I really enjoy cooking again, and the fact that I can share what I have learned with local young people is wonderful. I feel as though I am making a real contribution to my community.”
Healthy Food for All’s National Conference on Eradicating Food Poverty among Children and Young People in Ireland took place on 15 April in Dublin, #foodpovconf. The conference heard that food poverty is on the rise in Ireland with over 600,000 people now experiencing the problem. Policymakers and practitioners alike highlighted the need for a National Strategy on Food…
As usual the Windsor Women’s Centre in Belfast Food for Thought Project was abuzz with a variety of healthy food activities – they still found time to give me their customary warm welcome!
Ballina’s Eat Wise Project is going from strength to strength. They are running a range of healthy eating activities including supermarket tours, nutrition awareness and gardening programmes.
We had a great day posing for the cameras with Brookfield Community Garden group and Fatima Growing Community Roots project! There was lots of enthusiasm and willingness from the participants of both projects to share the many benefits of the Community Food Initiatives.
“It was lovely for the kids to grow their own vegetables from seed; they grew peas, runner beans and carrots. We don’t have the room in our own garden, so this was great.”
Justine and her four children have been involved in the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre for the last four years since they moved to the area. They have all participated in a number of garden activities including, Munch Bunch, Families Growing Together, Summer Camp and the After Schools programmes.
“I have learned so much, like growing my own food and plants… We had cookery classes as well so I learned lots of healthy recipes.”
Rosie got involved in the Windsor Women’s Centre (Belfast) gardening project around 3 years ago. Here’s her story: I’ve been going to the Centre for years and taken lots of different classes. We have never had the opportunity to do something like this. I suffer from depression and had heard that gardening was supposed to help,…