Growing Together

growing togetherAn All-Ireland Conference on Community Supported Agriculture

17 - 19 February 2012 | Cloughjordan, North Tipperary | NEW FLYER (pdf) | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cloughjordan Community Farm in association with the National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS), The Soil Association (UK), Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), URGENCI - Global Network of CSA’s, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cultivate, and FEASTA present....

A weekend conference introducing the CSA concept to communities and growers on the island of Ireland.  The event will bring together food producers and emerging Irish CSA’s while creating networking and learning opportunities with experienced initiatives from across Europe.


  • Producing Food Together – Sharing the Risk 
  • Case Studies from Successful CSAs 
  • Can CSA Increase Community Resilience?
  • Diversification for Farmers and Growers
  • Getting Started
  • Sustainable Food Communities
  • Access to Land
  • Lifelong Learning and Training

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Ella Mc Sweeney, RTE presenter of Ear to the Ground
  • Peter Young, farmer and journalist with Farmers Journal
  • Mick Kelly, GIY, social entrepreneur, and founder of Grow It Yourself Ireland
  • Amanda Daniel, CSA and Organic Buying Groups, Soil Association (UK)
  • Judith Hitchman, international consultant in emerging trends in local development 
  • Andrea Calori, president of Urgenci, International CSA Network
  • Bruce Darrell, grower, food systems specialist, FEASTA executive committee
  • Sarah Fleming, local food consultant, formally Slow Food International and GIY Ireland
  • Pat Malone, producer at Cloughjordan Community Farm
  • Ollie Moore, food and agriculture journalist and food researcher
  • Grace Maher, development officer with IOFGA 
  • Kevin Dudley, former orchard manager at Irish Seed Savers and Biodynamic Grower
  • Mimi Pearson, Cloughjordan Community Farm
  • Davie Philip, community resilience manager at Cultivate 
  • Yvonne O'Donovan, Hazelhurst CSA, UK


Friday, 17 Feb 2012  |  Django’s Hostel, Cloughjordan Ecovillage
19.30 - Introduction - Welcome to the ecovillage and Cloughjordan
20.00 - Voices from the Cloughjordan Community Farm
An introduction to what the local CSA is doing
21.00 - Networking - speed dating for food initiatives
22.00 - Close

Saturday 18 Feb 2012  |  St Kieran’s Hall Cloughjordan
09.00 - Tea and Coffee
09.30 - How can CSAs increase community resilience and food sovereignty?
Bruce Darrell, Judith Hitchman and Davie Philip lead a discussion on resilience and local food systems
11.00 - Break
11.30 - Growing Together, Why CSAs play a vital role in the future of food production
Panel discussion led by Ella McSweeney featuring the Soil Association (UK) Yvonne O'Donovan, Andrea Calori and representatives from other UK and Irish CSAs
13.30 - Lunch
14.30 - Farm walk - Cloughjordan Community Farm
15.30 - Growing for Your Community
Special session supported by NOTS, facilitated by Peter Young
Featuring the Soil Association, IOFGA, Cloughjordan Community Farm and others
- Diversification for farmers and growers
- Different models of CSAs
- Education and Training Options
- Working with communities
18.00 - Close

Saturday Social - an evening together

Sunday 19 Feb 2012  |  The Parochial Hall, Step Road
10.00 - Coffee
10.30 - CSA, The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up and Maintaining a CSA
13.30 - Lunch
St Kieran’s Hall
14.30 - Open Space, Have your Say on CSAs
15.40 - Mick Kelly founder of Grow It Yourself Ireland
16.00 - Close

Weekend ticket €40 (€35 Members of any of the partner organisations)
Does not include accommodation
If you wish to participate but cannot attend the full weekend, all sessions are also priced individually
Friday 17th  7-10pm €5
Saturday 18th  9 - 6pm €20
Growers session only €10 (3 hours)
Sunday 20th  €20

Book through Pa Funucane at 087 2569348 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Cloughjordan Community Farm is an example of community supported agriculture (CSA). We currently provide fresh vegetables, milk and meat to over sixty member households on 40 acres of land in Cloughjordan.