Act local and think global – Let’s get growing friends!

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Aaron’s harvest. ©Ingrid Pullen

‘Act local and think global’ is the motto Environmental Conservationist from Dublin, Aaron Jewell, lives by. Using Permaculture design to work with nature and not against it, he’s worked on projects in Australia, Malaysia, Spain, and Portugal. Back in Dublin now, he’s excited at the opportunities for Irish communities to become more connected to the environment and find more sustainable ways of living.

I have been growing my own food since I was a child, learning from my Mother and Aunt who in turn learned everything from my Granddad. They grew up harvesting food from their own back garden in Dublin, as I did in mine. As a child I remember watching in awe, all the different vegetables and fruit erupting from the soil. The concept of going out and picking it straight out of the ground was something very magical for me and still is. I feel very lucky for the exposure to nature, the connection, something I realise not everyone has been lucky enough to have. I want to teach more people how to learn about nature and empower themselves to do the same for their kids.

We need to understand nature better so we can conserve it while still meeting the needs of our human systems. If we create more community gardens, productive parks, urban food forests and market gardens, people will have the opportunity to work with and learn from it. We can design our environments for nature’s needs, our present needs, and our children’s future needs in a much more holistic way. 

If you want to learn more about growing your own fruit and vegetables why not visit your local community garden, food co-operative or get in touch with your local GIY group? There’s still time to get something in the ground for Street Feast 2017!

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Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland on 11th June, hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really - out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it's really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you.