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Cookery Class in St. Patrick’s National School, Blanchardstown

Fifth class students from St. Patrick’s Senior School in Corduff, Blanchardstown, are amazing budding chefs! They made delicious homemade pizza and side salad in their cookery class.

Gortin Community Seasonal Eating project (Co. Tyrone)

“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.”

Blanchardstown Good Food Network – Breda’s Story

“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.”

Incredible Edibles Cloughmills (Antrim) – Norma’s Story

“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.”

Windsor Women’s Centre Food for Thought Project

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!

Mayo’s Ballina Eat Wise Project

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.

Fettercairn and Fatima Film Stars!

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,…

Blog – Community Food Initiatives can have a positive impact on participants’ mental health and wellbeing

It is an amazing experience working with CFIs on the island of Ireland. In HFfA we are bowled over by all that the projects achieve, despite challenging times, and their willingness to share this learning. There are many benefits to running a CFI but one of the areas often referenced is in relation to the positive effects they have on the mental health of participants. Read more here.