‘Heart Tonics and other Local Cures’
– how to heal ourselves and our ailing planet?
Bealtaine Special – Storytelling, Community Food and Herb Planting day
As part of the ongoing development of the Westside Community Edible Forest Garden .. you are invited to take part in a special Bealtaine storytelling and Community Food Planting event…
let’s get together around the beds, sharing our communal knowledge, stories, wives tales and ancient wisdom…and our array of local Cures, on Sat May 13th at 1pm …
Come join your local community, for an intergenerational day of Bealtaine storytelling, fun and planting… all ages welcome, along with Third Space artists, Permaculture Advisor Hannah Mole, Westside Youth Project and the local Westside Community.
This event will explore the importance of recreating Edible, Healthy and Healing Ecosystems for both ourselves and the diverse creatures, birds and bees we share our world with.
For this event…we wish to revisit our ancient wisdom on healing properties, communal cures and nourishment from the plants and food we eat, revisiting Hypocrates ‘food as thy medicine’, – acknowledging the interconnectedness of all of life, exploring on the day how through food, nature and the environment, people can attain and restore health. We will be planting a number of specific plants and herbs renowned for their healing, health and wellbeing properties, and invite participation from everyone with a story on their own favourite ‘local cure’
Highlighting the interconnectedness of all beings within an Ecosystem and its connection to our health and wellbeing, this project is not just about food for human health and consumption, but also the extremely important food sources and native plants for the health and wellbeing of our local pollinators.. As with all permaculture projects, this project works at cocreating habitats in such a way as to reflect the benefits of all beings, by working in harmony with nature, and inherently regenerative design processes. Caring for people is about caring for the environment as well. A lot of our health and environmental problems have happened because we stopped thinking about people’s interconnection with nature.
As part of our project we are working to include the Westside Edible Forest Garden site in the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 which is an island-wide attempt to help pollinators by creating a landscape where they can survive and thrive. By making small changes to the ways we manage our local areas into healthy sustainable food ecosystems, we can ensure pollinators continue to survive too, by ensuring the build-up of food and shelter for pollinators throughout the landscape.
We wish to work with everyone, from gardeners to local communities, businesses, Councils and farmers to help make Galway city, a healthy local organic food haven, and a bee friendly and pollinator habitat, creating Healthy Edible Ecosystems throughout the city .. but not just for us!
Many sources have called for the changes to our current food and agriculture systems including UN Advisor and former Irish president Mary Robinson, who have indicated that If you’re serious about protecting the environment, the most important thing that you can do is switch to a plant powered diet and stop eating meat, eggs and dairy.
You can help to achieve the goals of this shared day of action..
planting and protecting our indigenous herbal wisdom. We will be Serving refreshments on the day… with a special brew of locally foraged ‘heart tonic’ hawthorn tea and wild garlic and nettle soup!
This event will take place on Sat 13th at 1pm, in the Westside Amenity Park, with the support of the Westside Youth Project, Westside Community, CVG, Lets Get Galway Growing, HSE, and Galway City Council.
For more information on the Third Space project work on the Westside Edible Forest demonstration project and on creating greater awareness and possibility for cocreating healthy, sustainable community food systems, using agroecological and regenerative ecological design practices – please visit our other pages