Category Archives: Irish Partner

East Clare East Clare Communiy Co-opCommunity Co-operative is a 27 year old “not-for profit” organisation that has been at the cutting edge of education, enterprise, social, cultural and environmental initiatives throughout its history. Today it hosts accredited and community education  courses, runs a family support service and community garden and second hand shop and is involved in a social enterprise coffee shop serving fresh and organic vegetarian food. In 2013, The co-op received LEADER funding to construct a state of the art, sustainable food training and enterprise centre, where micro food entrepreneurs are able to test out their culinary ideas in an approved environment and training in all aspects of nutrition, food tourism, food hygiene and other catering based courses. It is also the venue for locally based pop up bistros. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland granted funding towards PV panels and a solar water heating system and the unit is already generating its own electricity. Surrounded by Scariff Community Garden where examples of permaculture and forest gardening are evident, the new facility ties in many of the activity centres of the co-op and is an exciting addition to the “Future of Food” partnership.

Fionnuala Collins works at East Clare Community Co-operative and is the Irish co-ordinator for this project. A philosophy graduate, she has furthered her studies with Community Development practice and Youth and Community work.  Fionnuala is interested in how food production can create or destroy soil and communities and thinks The future of food partnership will bring together community development practice and sustainable food production through local food sharing events and lots of conversation!

Furthermore through sharing ideas, research DSC_0472_399x600and learning we might learn how to eat better for body, mind, soul and planet.

Documenting Thoughts on the Future of Food

Documenting Thoughts-  A Future of Food documentary This is a 20 minute documentary produced by Nick Bromfield and Fionnuala Collins from East Clare Community Co-op. It contains 22 mini-interviews with learners and co-ordinators on the Future of Food partnership, interwoven with images taken over the life of the project. It is filmed on location in […]

Hungarian Meeting Diary – Overview

Hungarian meeting-June 11th-16th Agnes Repka the Hungarian co-ordinator organised the final meeting in Kelemen Majorsag,  in Piliscsev, about an hour from Budapest. Day One- We started with a welcome circle where each participant introduced themselves and spoke for a little time around their expectations for the week. This was followed by Sebastian outlining informal learning […]

Dutch Programme Day 4

Thursday morning started with a session by Fionnuala Collins from East Clare Co-op on informal learning tools for adults-using rhythm to move energy in a group to create decisive action and make products from the words and energies stirred up in the group on the theme of food injustice. 2 plays, 3 posters and a […]

Dutch Programme Day 2

Tuesday. The first day of the programme saw an early start with Herb collection with Rascha. Rascha identified 5 herbs growing in the feild around Uelenspieghel camp site and asked 5 collectors to go and find these. In the cold morning dew, Nature was shining and offering her healing plants for those who had eyes […]

The Harvest Festival Food Discussion Circle

The Harvest Festival Food Discussion Circle At our Annual Harvest Festival, we organised a space for people to gather and discuss “The Future of Food” and a full room of delegates from all corners of the world were invited to think about what sustainable food meant for them and to share their thoughts. The Spanish […]

Kefir-fizzing good!

Kefir -A health boosting superfood! During the Irish learning visit, learners were introduced to Kefir by local nutritionist Colette Mc Mahon from the TrueFood Academy, who is an advocate for the power of Kefir to restore vitality to weakened digestive systems. It is a fermented, enzyme-rich food and is known to regulate the immune system, through […]