Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

‘Food Fight’ Café with talk on Community Gardens

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 20th May / 7pm–10pm

Food Fight! Present:

Growing Food Building Communities

A Presentation & Discussion on Community Gardens

A presentation by Miriam Turley (Eglantine Community Garden, Belfast), & Seoidin O’Sullivan (The South Circular Road Food Garden Project, Dublin).

Food Fight!

Food Fight! is a monthly food/politics info night & cafe at Seomra Spraoi. Take some generous lashings of sustainable food, whizz it up with flavoursome talks, films & presentations and you’re in for a tasty treat. It’s for anyone passionate about food & changing the world…

The South Circular Road Food Garden Project: Dublin

The South Circular Road Food Garden Project began in April 2007 when a collective from the recently evicted Dolphins Barn Garden (2005–2006) decided to continue the project on a new site. They have a derelict site, once a car park on loan from ST Salvage Company that they have converted into a community food garden. Seoidin will talk about the history of the project and bring people up to date on community and educational initiatives that they are currently involved in.

The Eglantine Community Garden (The Anarchist Plot): Belfast

The Eglantine Community Garden has achieved lots of things in its 5 year lifetime. It has provided a community space for people who would have been strangers to become neighbours. It has been a training ground for community organisers and community gardeners. It’s a wildlife space, and things can get pretty wild on friday nights. Islamophobes have been seen out gathering up rubbish with the objects of their fear. We met a 97 year old local resident and started a local history project.

Where does the food come in? To be honest, it hasn’t featured highly to date. The idea of community food production has attracted a lot of people to the site, but the production is not what you might call intensive. But from this month 8 people have their own plots, and are learning to grow with the help of gardening workshops. And some of us are starting to look a bit more closely at food production methods. Working on and using the site has embedded it in people’s hearts, and protected it for the future. In the future perhaps it will significantly contribute to the diet of the local population.

Seoidin is an initiator and current participant in The South Circular Road Community Garden. She is an artist based in Dublin currently working on two collaborative art projects. TRESPASS, a film, photo and research based project that looks at wasteland sites around the city and TACTIC a project that works between South Africa and Dublin working with artists and activists.

Miriam is a classy cook, educator, activist, and initiator of the Eglantine Community Garden.TACTIC”