If you’re based in or around Cork and interested in growing your own food, take a look at the Cork Food Web. It’s been described as “facebook for foodies” and is dedicated to encouraging and facilitating local food production, with a series of groups for members interested in poultry, seed saving, compost, growing vegetables and all things garden related. I missed their seed swap last weekeend but one of the very helpful organisers is going to send me some of the left over seeds, including my favourite pumpkins, as we try to get the garden up and running for 2009. With all the sunshine today, it really feels like a day for getting out and planting.
In a slightly related manner, RTÉ Cork are looking for people in Mahon and Blackpool who would be interested in running an allotment in Cork City. Richard Corrigan is on board for this programme – Corrigan’s City Farm – which seems to be going down the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall route, showing city dwellers that they can grow their own food and also raise chickens and pigs. More information is available from the RTÉ website.