The practice of growing in urban and small spaces is not new but it is gaining momentum  in Clare as well as nationally and internationally. The topic of urban farming launched at Clare Garden Festival in April and was further explored by festival manager Carmen Cronin and Healthy Ireland Coordinator Dena McGrath visiting four allotments and community gardens throughout Clare in the early autumn. A video featuring both the festival talks as well as the garden visits will be launched at De Valera Library on Tuesday, 05th December at 6.30pm.

The Urban Farming video will show and explain practical information around growing in small spaces, featuring talks by local experts Tom Barry, Feidhlim Harty and national gardener Colm O Driscoll as well as short videos with Shirley Brohan, Dena McGrath and Carmen Cronin.

“Growing plants and producing food is in our nature, feeding our body, mind and the environment.” Said Dena McGrath, Healthy Clare Coordinator: “We are calling on gardeners and novices in Co Clare to use their back gardens, windowsills, rooftops and balconies and grow what they can themselves.”

The second part of the 30 minute video, features the journey to four different growing spaces in County Clare as well as an advice section for beginner gardeners.

All are welcome to attend launch of the video in Ennis Library at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in urban farming and growing in your urban space, then come along and find out more.

The Urban Farming Video is a Clare Garden Festival project in partnership with Healthy Clare and is supported by Clare County Council, Healthy Clare, LCDC and Pobal. Music by Los Paddies de las Pampas. For more information see www.claregardenfestival.com and FB @claregardenfestival.

For more information about urban farming and the project contact Carmen Cronin cc@carmencronin.ie 087 6117538.