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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.

Natural Bee-keeping

We’re holding a 1-day Introduction to Natural Bee-keeping on Sunday 6th March, 10am — 4pm. Cost: €50 which includes refreshments and a light lunch. Contact Sean on 086–6021962 if you’d like to attend.

Open Day at Hillside Farm

We’re opening up the farm as part of National Organic Week 2010 with an Open Day and Enterprise Exhibition on Sunday 19th September from 2pm to 6pm. Local entrepreneurs will display their products with plenty to see and to buy. There are workshops on Composting and on Good Food, activities for children and it’s all free!

Allotments for Beginners

If you’re thinking about starting an allotment, but you’re feeling nervous — come to our Allotments for Beginners Open Day on Sunday 19th September from 2pm to 6pm. You’ll have the chance to see a working allotment, meet the gardeners and get some guidance at our talks on Composting and Good Food. Bring your children too — there’s lots for them to do!

Poster for Open Day

Brideswell Pattern

Our first crop of vegetables were on sale at the annual pattern in Brideswell on Sun 25th alongside freshly cooked organic burgers. The local Curraghboy Rural Enterprise Network held an exhibition in O’Connell’s shop and it was wonderful to have a local venue to display our produce. Many thanks to Breege and Ted for their hospitality.

National Organic Week 2010

Watch out for events at Hillside Farm on Saturday 18th September to celebrate National Organic Week which runs from 13th – 19th September 2010.