The 5th Annual GIY Gathering takes place on September 14th & 15th 2013 as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival in Waterford City.
Venue: The Tower Hotel, The Mall, Waterford
View or Download Festival Programme
See Highlights of The Gathering 2013
See highlights of The Gathering 2012
Weekend at the Gathering Competition
Congratulations to Michelle Forde, Oranmore, Co. Galway
Prize - A pair of GIY Gathering Tickets, Two nights B&B with an evening meal in the Tower Hotel, The Mall Waterford.
The Gathering Raffle
Winner of a €500 voucher for Woodies is Larry O Brien, Waterford.
Saturday Running Order:
- Michael Kelly
- Wenonah Hauter
- Joy Larkcom
- Tom Maggoch
- Hans & Gaby Wieland
- Alys Fowler
- Darina Allen
- Dr David Shaw
- Mark Diacono
- Maddy Harland
- Christine Hedekel
- Charles Dowding
- Dr Ewen Mullins
- Mick McEvoy
Sunday Running Order
- Steven Lamb
- John & Sally McKenna
- Craig Benton
- Lia Leendertz
- Kitty Scully
- Bruce Darrell
- Biddy White Lennon
- Fiann O'Nuallain
- Andrew & Paddy (Urban Farm)
The Gathering 2013
If you grow your own food, GIY is YOUR movement, and the GIY Gathering is your annual chance to come together with like-minded people for a two day festival of home-grown food.
The 5th annual GIY Ireland Gathering brough together over 300 people for talks, debates, workshops, Q&A sessions - so whether you’re a complete novice or growing your own for years, or just love exploring where your food comes from, this is where you can get inspired and informed. The theme of this year's Gathering is "Food Empathy" - a deeper understanding of food that arises when people grow some of their own food.
The GIY Gathering coincides with the Waterford Harvest Festival (Sep 9th to 15th) so the city is buzzing for the weekend! The event brings together the country’s best restaurants, eateries and bars to one city for Ireland’s foodie fans.
Now in its sixth year highlights include the Artisan Beerfest from the best craft brewers in the country; Theatre of Food-with demos from the best of Irelands chefs; Masters of Wine at Greyfriars Art Gallery and Dine in the Dark experiencing food served and eaten completely in the dark. Read more
Ella McSweeney (Ire)
Ella McSweeney started her career studying zoology before working for BBC radio and television. Since joining RTE she has specialised in farming, food and wildlife programmes.
Credits include Nature's Web, The Green Light, Farm Week, RTE's Big Science Debate, Into the Deep, Mind Matters and the wildlife and walking series Shanks Mare. On television she presented an RTE 1 series on frugality called 'Living Lightly' and regularly presents Ear to the Ground and Countrywide. She recently completely a radio series on traditions in farming called Home Grown.
Keynote Speaker - Wenonah Hauter
Wenonah Hauter grew up on a family farm that her husband runs today as a Community Supported Agriculture Project (CSA), which is part of the growing local food movement. In Foodopoly, she dissects America’s food crisis and the public health debacle it has created, taking aim at the real culprit: the control of food production by a handful of large corporations—backed by political clout—that prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. Wenonah is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch.
“…a meticulously researched tour de force…examines the pernicious effects of consolidation in every sector of the food industry.” Publishers Weekly
1 - Food Empathy (Sat)
What is food empathy?
FOOD EMPATHY food em•pa•thy [food em-puh-thee]
A deeper understanding of food, where it comes from, how it is produced, and the time and effort required. An understanding of seasonality and the lifecycle of 'growth-decay-growth' which is so central to life on this planet.
Panel Discussion featuring Alys Fowler, Mark Diacono, John McKenna, and Michael Kelly.
2 - Does Ireland need GM? (Sat)
In July 2012, Teagasc started a controversial field-based research study of a GM potato in Carlow. So, what’s the truth? Is this trial the thin end of the wedge, and the beginning of a GM future for Ireland? Or is it a sensible scientific experiment in the face of the worsening threat posed by potato blight?
At the GIY Gathering this year, we will explore these topics in an intriguing discussion with industry experts, hosted by Ella McSweeney. Senior Research Officer of the Teagasc study, Dr. Ewen Mullins will be joined by Dr. David Shaw the head of the Sarvari Research Trust, a not-for-profit that breeds low-input, blight resistant non-GM potatoes; chair of Slow Food Ireland Darina Allen and founder of SPUDS Kaethe Burt O'Dea.
Hosted by Ella McSweeney, featuring Dr Ewen Mullins, Dr David Shaw, Darina Allen and Kaethe Burt O'Dea.
3 - Can Urban Food Growing save the World? (Sun)
Because of the very real space constraints, urban food growing is often dismissed as a waste of time that won’t help people to become self-sufficient and won’t help the planet to feed billions of hungry mouths in the coming century. But with over 5 billion people expected to live in cities in the next 20 years, have we any choice but to find creative ways to grow food in cities?
Hosted by Ella McSweeney, featuring Tom Moggach, Bruce Darrell, Christine Hadekel and Lia Leendertz.
4 - GIY Question TIme (Sun)
Got a question you want to put to a GIY expert? Here's your chance. Our expert panel includes the "Queen of food growing" Joy Larkcom; author of 'Vegetables for the Irish Garden' Klaus Laitenberger, horticulturalist Kitty Scully and Hans Wieland from The Organic Centre. The GIY Question Time is one of the Gathering's most popular sessions.
GIY Gathering Speaker Profiles
Joy Larkcom (Ire)
Joy Larkcom's seminal work "Grow your own Vegetables" is the bible for vegetable growers everywhere. Joy has been researching, growing and writing about vegetables for over 40 years. Retired to a windy site in West Cork in 2002. Joy has been awarded the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal and the Garden Writer's Guild Lifetime Award.
This is Joy's third appearance at The Gathering, and this year she will focus on "Creative Vegetable Gardening". 'I sometimes think of GIY as the struggling Health Service's secret weapon in the preventive medicine department,' says Joy.
Talk title: 'Traveller's Tales' - 'Do you grow vegetables and can I have a bath'?
plus GIYers Question Time
Alys Fowler started gardening in her early teens and trained at the Royal Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She is a presenter for BBC’s Gardeners’ World and has her own BBC TV series The Edible Garden. She writes for The Guardian, BBC’s Gardeners’ World magazine and Gardens Illustrated as well as publishing her own four books, The Thrifty Gardener, Garden Anywhere, The Edible Garden and The Thrifty Forager..
She continues her passion to fuse traditional gardening with modern eco-friendly culture.
Talk Title: Growing happy, biodiversity and well being
Charles has been growing organic vegetables commercially and for home consumption for thirty years, without soil cultivation. His most recent garden was an intensive acre of surface-composted beds, for salad leaves principally and also a wide range of vegetables, sold in local shops and restaurants. Currently he is creating a new half acre garden on a weedy pasture, with many experiments of different composts and mulches.
Since 2006 he has distilled his experience into four books on vegetable growing, with two more in the pipeline. "Organic Gardening the Natural", No Dig Way, 3rd edition 2013 is his latest edition. He also writes articles for gardening publications, gives talks and runs courses on how best to look after soil and plants, see www.charlesdowding.co.uk
Talk Topic: "Enabling the link between healthy soil, few weeds and abundant harvests"
Steven has been involved with River Cottage since the beginning. He has hosted events, lived at HQ as the resident smallholder and now works on the delivery of events making sure the customer experience is always positive and that the unique culture of River Cottage is maintained. He teaches on several courses at the Cookery School but specialises in Curing & Smoking Meat.
Steven appears regularly in the TV series and online. He is currently writing the River Cottage Handbook on Curing & Smoking. He works closely with Gill Mellor (Head Chef) and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall representing River Cottage both in the UK and abroad.
Talk Title: River Cottage – A History of Food Empathy
Darina Allen (Ire)
Founder and owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Darina Allen is Ireland's most famous chef. She is also a teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and TV-cook. She presented nine series of her cookery programme, 'Simply Delicious' and is the author of over a dozen books.
Darina founded the first Farmers Markets in Ireland and is a councillor for Ireland in the Slow Food Movement. ‘GIY is the ‘magic bullet’ that can solve many of our society ills,' says Darina, "as well as reconnecting neighbours and entire communities both in rural and urban areas.’ This will be Darina's 4th GIY Gathering.
Talk Title: "Growing food for babies and toddlers"
Plus Panel Discussion - Does Ireland need GM Potatoes?
Mark Diacono (UK)
An award winning writer and photographer, who runs the pioneering Otter Farm, and is known for his commitment to sustainable, ethically produced food. Having led the Garden Team at River Cottage and appearing in the TV series, runs courses and events at River Cottage HQ.
Mark's book Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook Number 4 was named Practical Book of the Year at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2009 and A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers' Book of the Year 2011.
Topic title for Gathering: The New Kitchen Garden
See Mark's GIY Profile
Michael Kelly (Ire)
Michael Kelly is a journalist, author and founder of GIY. Michael is an Ashoka Fellow, a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee and a recipient of the inaugural 2010 Arthur Guinness Fund Award. He is a member of the TASTE Council of Ireland.
He writes columns on growing your own food for The Irish Independent, The Evening Echo and Food & Wine Magazine. His bestselling first book, Trading Paces (O'Brien Press) was published in April 2008. His second book, Tales from the Home Farm was published in late 2009. Michael is a passionate speaker on food issues, self-sufficiency, sustainability and growing your own food.
GIY Profile of Michael Kelly
Opening Panel Discussion. Food Empath
Sunday Morning Discussion - Can Urban Food Growing Save the World?
Tom Moggach is the author of The Urban Kitchen Gardener: 2012, Growing & Cooking in the City. He is a gardener, food writer, teacher, photograher and founder of City Leaf – an organisation that trains people how to grow and cook with homegrown produce.
He often works with primary schools, helping to educate children about food. He runs an urban farm at his local inner-city primary, where children run a business supplying local cafes and restaurants with salads and herbs.
As part of his studies into urban agriculture, he recently returned from a study trip to Cuba. His food journalism includes work for The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and BBC 4’s The Food Programme.
Tom's knowledge, passion and vast experience is evident in his Book, The Urban Kitchen Gardener, The book shows growing even the smallest of outdoor spaces can be productive and hugely rewarding to cooking.
Panel Discussion: Can Urban Food Growing Save the World?
Talk Title: 'The Big Picture - Inspirational GIY Projects Around The World.'
See Tom's GIY Profile
Dr. Ewen Mullins
Dr. Ewen Mullins is a Senior Research Officer with Teagasc and oversees the Irish component of the EU funded AMIGA project, which is tasked with assessing the impact on the agri-environment of a GM potato variety with late blight resistance. A graduate of NUI Maynooth and UCC, he joined Teagasc in 2002 and has published extensively on the issues pertaining to the cultivation of GM crops. As part of the outreach programme associated with the GM study, he has participated in numerous public debates with stakeholders and has presented to GIY groups in Dublin.
Panel Dicussion: Does Ireland need GM Potatoes?
Talk Title: The why and what of the ‘AMIGA’ study: Assessing the impact of a GM potato on the agro-ecosystem
Dr. David Shaw
Dr. David Shaw of Sarvari Research Trust, a not-for-profit company that breeds low-input, blight-resistant non-gm potatoes. They are based at Henfaes Research Centre, of Bangor University.
The aim is to research late-blight disease of potato and to develop new varieties with high levels of durable blight resistance.
Talk Title: Why bother to grow your own low-input potatoes with blight resistance?
Panel Discussion - Does Ireland need GM Potatoes?
Lia Leendertz is an award-winning garden writer who writes regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and Gardens Illustrated, and is a columnist for the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine The Garden. She has an 80-ft town garden in Bristol and an allotment run along communal lines with a group of friends.
She has written several books on growing your own including The Half Hour Allotment, a guide to managing a plot alongside a busy life.
See Lia's GIY Profile
Topic of Talk: Starting a Supper Club – how (and why) to invite strangers into your home to eat.
Panel Discussion - Can Urban Food Growing Save the World?
Christine Hadekel worked with Concern Worldwide in Zambia as a Nutrition Officer for the Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project. She earned an MPA with a specialization in Food Policy from Cornell University in 2011. While a graduate, she worked with the UN World Food Program in Kenya on home-grown school feeding and with a local NGO in Malawi on an integrated nutrition and agriculture project. Prior to graduate school, Christine worked as a garden-based learning educator at Cornell and as an instructor for field programs in the Canadian Arctic, Himalayas, and Belize.
She lived and worked in India for two years with farmers on a sustainable agriculture project that promoted traditional millet varieties and teaching ESL in the Tibetan refugee community. A native of Montreal, Canada, Christine received a BA in Global Studies from Trent University.
Talk Title: Cultivating Resilience through Home Gardens in Africa
Sunday Morning Discussion - Can Urban Food Growing Save the World?
Maddy Harland is editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine, a magazine that covers all aspects of sustainable living, from permaculture gardening and small scale sustainable agriculture to green building, low-impact transport and community action. Maddy Harland also co-founded Permanent Publications, a company dedicated to publishing environmental books, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK and is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. She loves to get lost in her garden.
Talk: Permaculture: using nature's principles to create productive, wildlife friendly, low maintenance gardens
Growing up on a mixed farm in Co Laois, Kitty Scully was inspired by her parent’s talents for organic farming, seasonal vegetable growing and self sufficiency. Since graduating in 2008, Kitty has worked as Farm Manager & Course Developer, in the Nano Nagle Centre for Heritage, Spirituality and Ecology in North Cork. Kitty is on the Board of Directors for IOFGA, the largest organic farmers and growers certification body in Ireland and writes a bi-monthly article on seasonal food for the magazine, Organic Matters.
She is Best known for her RTE 1 series How to Create a Garden, she also writes on organic gardening and foraging for the Irish Examiner. In 2009, gaelic speaking Kitty contributed to TG4’s gardening programme, An Garraí Glas and in 2010 she visited community gardens around Ireland, co presenting RTÉ’s Corrigan Cooks Naturally. Kitty has been working in practical environmental education teaching courses in organic gardening, herb production, school gardening and preserving throughout the country.
Kitty's Talk: Resilient Gardening plus GIYers Question Time
Read Kitty's GIY Profile
Bruce Darrell is a Canadian architect who has been increasingly focussed on food related issues since moving to Ireland 16 years ago. In 2003 he began working with Feasta as a food security analysts with a key focus on nutritional resilience.
He has been growing food at an allotment scale for 10 years, and in the early days of the grow-it-yourself revolution he began teaching food growing skills as well as co-founding Dublin Food Growing (now Dublin Community Growers).
He is now living in a self-built house in the Cloughjordan Ecovillage, where he is developing the RED Gardens, a series of 5 Research Education and Development Gardens which are exploring different methods of growing vegetables at a family scale.
See GIY Profile
Sunday Morning Discussion - Can Urban Food Growing Save the World?
Talk Title: "Growing Knowledge: Research, Education and Demonstration Gardens"
John & Sally McKenna
Breakout Session Topic: Foods from the Edge"
Editors of "John and Sally McKennas' Guides" ALL THE BEST PLACES TO EAT, SHOP AND STAY IN IRELAND. A LOCAL GUIDE TO LOCAL PLACES
John McKenna was born in Belfast and first qualified as a Barrister at Law. In addition to his legal work, John worked as a journalist in Dublin, writing particularly for Hot Press and In Dublin Magazine.
In 1991 John and Sally McKenna began their research into Irish food, giving up their Dublin flat, and splurging on a broken-down Renault 4. They set off around Ireland to discover what they hoped would be an exciting food culture, and John has written about Irish food ever since.
Sally McKenna is a photographer, cookery editor, film-maker and the publisher of the McKennas' Guides, working from her office in West Cork.
She began her writing career with the weekly Irish Independent column Guest Who's Coming To Dinner, and has worked with food since 1991. John and Sally McKennas' film channel can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/irishfoodchannel
Talk Title: Foods from the Edge"
Biddy White Lennon
Biddy began her career as an actress, playing a leading role in The Riordans. She gradually started writing for television and radio drama until she became a full time freelance journalist specialising in food, hospitality and tourism. She has published 13 books, seven about Irish food culture, its history, recipes and ingredients, Irish artisan foods, and the development of a contemporary Irish food culture.
Biddy, a founder member of the Irish Food Writers Guild and has for many years been on the co-ordinating team for the Guild’s annual Food Awards. She is regularly on the judging panel for a number of other awards for restaurants and hotels.
Her 13th book Wild Food, how to gather, preserve and cook by 0'Brien Press, came out in March was well received and went straight into the bestseller list.
Talk Title: Wild Food Through the Seasons
Fiann Ó Nualláin
Fiann Ó Nualláin is an author, horticultural therapist and awarding garden designer. He has constructed gardens for Failte Ireland, Bord Bia, GiY Ireland, Notice Nature, The British wildlife trust, The craft council of Ireland, the Asthma society of Ireland and Unicef Ireland and has developed horticultural outreach programmes and both greenskills and FETAC-training systems for Dublin City Council, the HSE and FAS.
An advocate of gardening for health and a functional foodie he blogs attheholisticgardener.com and contributes articles to various health and gardening magazines. Fiann co presents RTEs Dermot’s secret garden. His latest book A gardener’s first aid for Mercier press is due for release in spring 2014.
See Fiann's GIY Profile
Talk Title: "Grounded; giying for health and harmony".
Klaus Laitenberger, is the former head gardener at Rossinver Organic Centre and co-ordinator of the restoration of Victorian gardens at Lissadell House. Also, a writer, trainer, mentor and consultant in organic horticulture with over twenty years gardening experienc in the UK and Ireland.
Last year he completed his PgDip in Organic Farming. His first book, Vegetables For the Irish Garden, is the number one selling book on the GIY website and a must-read for Irish veg growers. HIs second book Vegetables for the Polytunnel and Greenhouse, was published in Spring 2012 . This is Klaus' 3rd GIY Gathering - his previous masterclasses were "standing-room only"!
Read Klaus's GIY Profile
Hans and Gaby Wieland
Hans and Gaby Wieland moved to Ireland in 1985 in search of the “Good Life” through their organic farm Neantog” in Cliffoney, Co. Sligo. They produced organic vegetables, sourdough breads and goats and cows cheeses from raw milk commercially for twenty years . Both work and teach at The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim since 1997.
Hans developed the first “Community Food Project” in 2004 and has initiated SEED in 2010, a collaboration of organic centres and education colleges, to bring an organic garden to every school in the country. www.theorganiccentre.ie
Gaby, a qualified Nurse, studied to become a Naturopath, Herbalist and cooking instructor, working with community groups and schools.She is also giving courses at home specialising in herbs, foraging and raw food. She published “Neantog Cookbook” in 2008. For courses and clinic and to order her cookbook visit www.neantog.com.
Gaby and Hans have been fermenting food most of their lives. They will highlight the many nutritional benefits of fermented foods and the important aspect of caring for and sharing live cultures to build food communities.
See Han's GIY Profile See Gaby's Profile
Topic Title: From Fermentation to Fermentistas – Improving nutrition and building communities
plus GIYers Question Time (Hans)
Mick McEvoy, Community Gardening Officer, Groundwork Northern Ireland.
Mick, previously a regional Champion of GIY Ireland, and still continues to support GIY Ireland in Northern Ireland. Both organisations are building and fostering relationships, sharing campaigns and resources to communities across Ireland with our work
Talk title: 'Peas and Love'. GIY'ing and Peace Building in N.Ireland.
Also have a look as some of the Work Mick is involved with through Groundwork NI
Craig Benton, known as Doctor Compost, leads an action packed and exciting hands-on training programme Master Composting. These Master Composters become community volunteers who promote food & garden waste prevention and encourage people to compost at home. All of this saves money while improving our environment.
Talk Title: “Compost: The key to a healthy and productive garden”
Kaethe Burt-O’Dea is an independent healthcare design consultant based in Dublin, Ireland. A diverse range of experience contributes to her research approach including careers in the arts, nursing, organic farming, product design, and cross-disciplinary sustainable design development. Her consultancy, desireland, focuses on the socio-cultural relationships that influence human well-being within the built environment and the promotion of integrated healthcare systems. She is founder of SPUDS, a citizen's research project launched in 2012 as proactive response to the decision to trial genetically modified (GM) blight resistant potatoes in Ireland.
GIY profile of Kaethe
Saturday Closing Panel Discussion - Does Ireland need GM Potatoes?