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Organic Trust AGM

Organic Trust
Sunday 8th October saw us visiting Rock Farm in Slane, Co. Meath for the AGM and 25th birthday celebration of the Organic Trust. A most interesting days with tours, exhibits and a wonderful organic birthday dinner. Check out the work of the Organic Trust on www.organictrust.ie.

What a trip!

Exhausted, sunburned and bubbling with excitement, we departed Solta on a 5am ferry to start the trek home after an amazing week! Work done, new friendships made and a beautiful country visited!
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The four groups (Ireland x2, Italy and Croatia) shared accommodation in a former military camp on the island of Solta, just off the coast from Split. The temperature on our arrival was about 26C, the sky was a beautiful clear blue and the sea was glittering. Anticipation was in the air as everyone met for the first time, but games and activities soon broke the ice, with little groups forming to explore the camp and check out the facilities.
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Our purpose was the design ways of teaching young people about climate change and every ounce of creativity was called on as the young people created drama pieces and facilitated mini-workshops from early morning. Evenings found us at the beach and nights were spent sitting outdoors chatting, dancing and listening to music — even a bit of star-gazing without the nuisance of light pollution.
The venue itself was a great example of climate awareness — water conservation, solar water heating, vegetarian menu, transport mostly by foot and very limited wifi. Our participants loved it — “the highlight of my summer”, “everyone should have a chance at a trip like this”, “this was so good”. Funding for the whole project was provided through the Erasmus+ Programme, with participants making a contribution to the trip costs.
The results will be on display at a mini-conference in the GEAI centre in Ballinagleragh, Co. Leitrim on Friday 16th February 2018. We’ll post more information as soon as it’s available.

Sweat Lodge with Erica Gagnon

A first for Hillside Farm! Canadian Ceremonial Leader & Wisdom Keeper Erica Gagnon will facilitate a Sweat Lodge here on the farm on Thursday 21 September at 7pm. See below for details of all Erica’s Irish events. Contact Deirdre Hannon on 087–4157541 to book your place.
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Exciting Workshop — The Secret of Me

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Self-mastery coach Epp Adler will deliver a 3 hour workshop here on the farm on Thursday 24 August at 6pm. Epp has extensive experience in encouraging people to step outside of the fear and into a bright, exciting life.
Contact Helen on 087–0505166 to book your place!

Climate Change People Change

We head off to the Croatian island of Solta on Sunday next, 24th July for a 7 day adventure with our 6 young people, joining forces with young people from Italy, Croatia and another Irish group from Leitrim! Our partners are Good Energies Alliance from Leitrim, DOOR from Croatia and Legambiente from Italy — all environmental organisations.
Our project centres around creating a way to communicate the issue of Climate Change to young people. As well as working, we’ll have an amazing intercultural experience with all our new colleagues and friends and we may dip our pale, Irish toes in the Adriatic Sea!! More on our return!

Interested in Climate Change and aged 18 — 25? We’re looking for you!

We’re currently recruiting young people to take part in our Climate Change People Change project, working with us for a week in July in Croatia. We’d like you to have an interest in the topic, even if you haven’t done much work on it. If you’re interested and would like more information, just call Sean on 086–6021962 or Helen on 087–0505166 and we can chat!

Get diggin’ for your dinner! Check out an allotment and begin a whole new way of life!

Spring is appearing between the rain clouds and although the land is still quite wet, it is time to start thinking about your garden.

Have you considered growing your own vegetables – it ticks a lot of boxes in the current climate – beat the recession by growing what you want, when you want it – eliminate chemicals from your food by growing the old-fashioned way – get fresh air and exercise without paying gym fees!

Here at Hillside Farm we rent allotments and welcome beginners as well as the more accomplished! You can choose a size that suits you, we’ll plough and rotavate it and give you farmyard manure to get started. After that, you get digging and reap the harvest in the summertime. This is an organic farm so pesticides and herbicides are not permitted — there are excellent ways to grow vegetables without using chemicals and your produce will taste so much better too!

We have space for you to have a tea-break and there are facilities for a picnic or BBQ. Your children are welcome, but because we are a working farm, we can’t allow pets. Organic compost and seeds are available to purchase here.

Give Sean a ring on 086–6021962 and check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hillsideorganicfarm) and get diggin’ for your dinner!

Climate Change People Change

Here on the farm, we’re one of four partners in a European project looking at climate change — with Good Energies Alliance Ireland which is based in Leitrim, Legambiente which is based in Italy and DOOR from Croatia. Our project, Climate Change People Change, is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and we’re working together on how to inform and educate young people on the now critical issue of climate change. We visited Zagreb, Croatia in October 2016 — our first gathering to meet the partners, agree a timeline and have our early discussions on the topic. Next up was a meeting here on the farm at the end of January 2017 and we began the serious planning of our youth trip to Croatia in July 2017. We also celebrated St. Brigid’s Day on the farm, with stories, song and an opportunity to make St. Brigid’s crosses. Check out the photos in the Gallery. We’ll meet in Rome in May to finalise the activity in July.
This is a first for us here on the farm, but we hope, the first of many such activities!

Upcoming Courses/Activities

Upcoming Courses:

Ring Sean @ 086–6021962 to book your place!

Introduction to Natural Bee-keeping.

Sunday 4th March, 10am – 4.30pm.

Nordic Walking

1st Sat each month, 11am – 1pm

Coming soon!

Introduction to Keeping Backyard Hens

Start Your Own Garden

Organic Growing

Make a Herb Garden

A 1 day course introducing you to basic herbs — how to grow them and what they’re used for and creating a herb garden on Sat, 9th April, 10am — 4pm. Cost: €30. Ring Sean on 086–6021962 to book your place.

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    • 11 Oct 2017
      Organic Trust AGM
      Sunday 8th October saw us visiting Rock Farm in Slane, Co
    • 9 Sep 2017
      What a trip!
      Exhausted, sunburned and bubbling with excitement, we departed Solta on a 5am ferry to start the trek home after an amazing week! Work done, new friendships made and a beautiful country visited! The four groups (Ireland x2, Italy and Croatia) shared accommodation in a former military camp on the island of Solta, just off the coast from Split
    • 3 Aug 2017
      Sweat Lodge with Erica Gagnon
      A first for Hillside Farm! Canadian Ceremonial Leader & Wisdom Keeper Erica Gagnon will facilitate a Sweat Lodge here on the farm on Thursday 21 September at 7pm
    • 14 Jul 2017
      Exciting Workshop - The Secret of Me
      Self-mastery coach Epp Adler will deliver a 3 hour workshop here on the farm on Thursday 24 August at 6pm
    • 13 Jul 2017
      Climate Change People Change
      We head off to the Croatian island of Solta on Sunday next, 24th July for a 7 day adventure with our 6 young people, joining forces with young people from Italy, Croatia and another Irish group from Leitrim! Our partners are Good Energies Alliance from Leitrim, DOOR from Croatia and Legambiente from Italy - all environmental organisations
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