Urban Farm Project & Gallagher's Boxty House present www.THANK POTATO.com Global Green at Electric Picnic 2014.
The Global Green Local Food Story
This year Global Green is demonstrating a commons and whole systems approach to food at the Electric Picnic. On hand to tell this amazing story of food locally and globally we will have the activists and campaigners working for food sovereignty globally, as well as the local food activists and food entrepreneurs helping us to appreciate what Ireland has to offer. Discussing the global/ local food story is Fergal Anderson a farmer in East Galway who formerly worked with Via Campesina the international peasants movement, Claire O’Conner of the Irish Organic Farmers Growers Association and Mana Organics, Dr Oliver Moore, the food and agriculture correspondent with the Irish Examiner, Eliza Ward the young food entrepreneur with Country Choice on Tour and coordinator of the food being offered at Global Green, and Nancy Serrano an Irish activist who has been working on community gardens with indigenous communities in Mexico.
Urban Farm & Gallahers Boxty House present AQUAlab & Thank Potato at The Lab's Urban Plant Life, Lighthouse Cinema
Urban Farm Project & Gallagher's Boxty House
The urban nature trail from The LAB Gallery Thursday, 28 August to Smithfield exploring nature in the city, wildlife and biodiversity, featuring community gardens and parks. Plants and urban nature will be the inspiration for a free printmaking workshop at Smithfield. Create a potato installation with artist Linda Shevlin and find out how many potatoes it takes to light a light bulb during her Potato Power workshop. Discover innovative urban gardening techniques with Urban Farm and check out their heritage potato pods and aquaponics installation at the Lighthouse cinema which is also the venue for Silent Running, the 1972 environmentally-themed science fiction film starring Bruce Dern.
Ireland's urban jungle has never been more vibrant. From balcony growers to those with more ambitious ventures, Claire O'Mahony meets four urban farmers. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/life/irelands-urban-jungle-has-never-been-more-vibrant-30506760.html#sthash.e9PWG12X.dpuf
THANK POTATO collection, 20 different varieties of potato displayed above The Boxty House Resturant, Temple Bar, D2, http://boxtyhouse.ie/ these potatoes will be grown above the resturant for the summer, with a harvest party later in the year.
ROOFTOP POTATO PROJECT 2013 http://www.urbanfarm.ie/rooftop-potatoes.html
Why grow Potatoes as an urban food project ?
The potato is the fourth most important food in the world. But so far, it has not featured prominently in the debate on food security.
The potato crop is of key importance in that it provides high nutrition and is an adaptive species for climate change.
Potatoes use less water per nutritional output than all other major food sources.
The potato provides more food per unit area than any other major staple crop, three or five times that of wheat or rice. Potatoes are the perfect food and one of the few that can actually sustain life on its own. One medium-sized potato has 110 calories and provides complex carbohydrates, amino acids and anti-oxidants. One 5.3 ounce (150grams) potato provides 620 milligrams or 18% of the recommended daily value (DV) of potassium and 8% of the DV of fibre.
Potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C with 45% of the DV, vitamin B6 with 10% of the DV and iron providing 6% of the DV.
Potatoes have potential to double or treble current yields of 8 tonnes/ha using quality approved seed, improved varieties and more effective farm practices in developing countries.
THANK POTATO http://www.thankpotato.com/
THANK POTATO connecting communities through growing food arts science & a vegetable.
Urban Farm & The Boxty House presents a very special sneak pre-view of 62 different Potato Pods from www.THANKPOTATO.com on display in Dublin's Temple Bar for Bloom Fringe Festival 2014,
THANK POTATO is a celebrate the contribution that the potato makes to art, global agriculture, economies & world food security.
With a special THANK POTATO to Temple Bar Cultural Trust & all at Bloom Fringe 2014.
Gallagher's Boxty House & Urban Farm came together during the annual Tradition Music Festival Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin's cultural quarter " Temple Bar" , right outside Gallagher's Boxty House, hay hay we had a great time talking with all sorts of people from all over the world, our linguistic hens and pigs speak all language ! French, Spanish, Italian, German, and even some Irish !!
Our friend Fergus Dunne brought Jim & Ross two beautiful Tamworth pigs down to the farm on Sunday, the ginger pigs where the talk of the street :)) some very interesting conversations where had on the plight of the urban pig keeper, check out Fergus here Pigs On The Green https://www.facebook.com/PigsOnTheGreen
Temple Bar was ‘up-cycled’ into an urban street farm, with on street pallet seating, utilising up-cycled waste stream materials turning Temple Bar into an intensive urban street farm, sourcing materials for mushroom growing, fish farming and potato planting from all around the local area.
Even Murray the hen had a quail of a time http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rooster-returns-to-trad-fest-after-turning-up-at-latenight-rave-29952287.html
The Urban Farm showcased it's innovative ways to grow food in an urban area. Utilizing & Up-Cycling waste stream materials from the city to showcase simple & innovative methods on how to make the best use of balconies and confined spaces for growing food, demonstrations on growing mushrooms on coffee waste, aquaponic displays and advice on setting up and sourcing materials in the city for urban food growing.http://www.urbanfarm.ie/boxty-house-project.html
This article is part of ‘EUtopia on the Ground’, a series of monthly special reports that will investigate Europe's future. This cafebabel.com project is funded with support from the European Commission via the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hippocrène Foundation and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Totally Dublin : Published November 28, 2013 in Food & Drink Features
Words: Jocelyn Doyle // Image: http://cuttopieces.blogspot.ie/
Mushrooms are one of the best things about autumn. The woods start to smell deeply, darkly earthy, and the most beautifully-weird mushrooms start to spring up all over the place. This year, we’ve had such a mild season that the mushroom crop was enormous; one particularly adventurous lad even shot up in my front garden, fighting his way through layers of gravel.
Luckily for city-dwellers, mushroom season is no longer confined to the countryside. Dublin’s very own Urban Farm has been perched on top of the Chocolate Factory over on William Street since 2012; run by Andrew Douglas, this venture is designed to prove that growing your own vegetables is still possible in an urban setting. The previously-empty space has been transformed into a positive and productive environment, an inspiration to anyone thinking about getting into the grow-your-own movement.
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Well we're never ones for just sitting around during the winter so we have collaborated with the Dublin Wine Rooms to bring the farm to their great location in the IFSC for one day only on the 1st December 2013 from 12-6pm.
We will be showcasing the latest version of our AQUAlab aquaponic system, farming fish and salad greens in an up cycled IBC tank. Very excited to see the response from our new mushroom grow/inoculation grow tower, again utilising IBC tanks, this system will be on display demonstrating our Mushroom City Project , growing gourmet oyster mushrooms on up-cycled coffee waste. Harvest your own pearl or pink oyster mushrooms on the day and have them prepared by the Dublin Wine Room Chefs right there in front of you during the various cooking demos, including a diverse selection of spuds from the famous Urban Farm Rooftop Potato Project to be prepared on the day with AQUAlab aquaponic basil, micro-greens & Dublin Wine Rooms Head Chef James.
Lots & lots of other exhibitors on the day demonstrating innovative up-cycling methods.
More details to follow :
There’s something unique about Dublin that just can’t be explained with words. Which is why we decided that it would be better to show you…
Visit Dublin Website : http://www.visitdublin.com/DublinFestivals/Article/dublin-in-60-seconds
What sets Dublin apart? It’s a question Ireland’s authors, poets and artists have been trying to answer for years. Every Dubliner you ask will give you a different reason. That’s because Dublin is a multifaceted city. Around every corner you’ll find something new, any day of the year, any time of the day there’s something going on.
It’s always better to show than tell, which is why we’ve collected 60 snapshots of the best things to do, see and experience in Dublin. We’ve captured one second of each of them to tell you the story of what Dublin is all about in one minute.
From wakeboarding in the centre of the city to mountain biking in nearby Ticknock and everything in between: live music, fresh food, modern art, ancient animals, kite-surfing, street performance, Segway tours, record shopping, urban farming, awesome architecture, river rafting and kayaking. This is a snapshot of Dublin city at its most alive.
AQUAlab @ LeCool Compound Gallery of Photography
Step into the Le Cool Compound for a scientific assault on the senses this Science Week
14th, 15th & 16th in the Gallery Of Photography.
Step into the Le Cool Compound for a scientific assault on the senses this November 14th in the Gallery Of Photography. Play the Game of Life, an interactive light installation from the bursting brains of tech-genii, Tom O'Dea and Lightscape, or encounter sound sensations as Designgoat get you into the groove with a room that's secretly wired up to play tunes. Add a dollop of food-tech to that as we tease your taste buds with petri-dishes and you've got a case of Science goes to the School Disco. This experiential, sensorial, exhibition will leave you in no doubt that Science is alive! Even if Carl Sagan is dead :( Spaces are FREE but LIMITED, to register interest email: email@example.com
Here's the Science (Week) bit: Taking place on 10th – 17th Nov, Science Week 2013 is ‘Exploring the XTRA-Ordinary’. This year we want to show everybody in Ireland that there is scientific processes behind everything around of us, most of which are taken for granted every day. Exploring the XTRA-Ordinary is calling on everyone around Ireland to stop, take note, and explore the processes that are happening all around them everyday.
In 2012 Urban Farm secured Workshop and Rooftop space at The Chocolate Factory, a new creative community developing in an old factory in the heart of Dublin. Together the team are researching and demonstrating intensive urban growing techniques, growing food, keeping fowl, fish and bees. The Urban Farm now hosts events and community groups and provide hands-on workshops that teach responsible food production, carpentry, energy-saving systems, ecological cycles, and community self-sufficiency observing organic & pesticide free practices.
Dublin’s first Urban Farm has been established and devised by Andrew ‘ Dougie’ Douglas. With a background in sound engineering and interest in horticulture. Against the odds, Dougie and others are practically testing and developing urban farming methods including mushroom growing, aquaphonics and city compositing. The farm has caught the interest of Dublin’s media and general public and as a grass roots initiative is considered as a poignant counter-balance to the city developments that dominated the city during the Celtic Tiger years.
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Wed, Jul 17, 2013,
Dublin rooftop Urban Farm showcases a growing movement Ireland’s Grow it Yourself network now has some 50,000 members
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" Gazing into our digitally optimised crystal ball, we've speculated on several possible cool job trends that are likely to grow in importance in the next few years." Read more here