Kropotkin’s Groups

TSG host an Arts & Permaculture Networking Event
with a Community Harvest Plant Potluck 1-230pm Nimmos Pier

Permaculture Designer and Trainer, Hannah Mole will be guiding a conversation to support growing a Galway Permaculture Network and giving an introduction to Permaculture and how we can benefit ourselves, our community and nature…taking place as part of Galway’s Green Festival, Loving Galway

 

Following from discussions at the recent European PermaCulture Convergence in Wicklow, on the potential for more localized networks and arts and cultural events to further the potential of permaculture, it’s principles and practices; the event aims to explore, cocreate and find new ways to cooperate and support each other, and the natural world, with an invitation to local community, environmental ngo, activists, artists, changemakers, farmers and organic dreamers to join in the conversations and take collective action.

‘As the system changes and new components come alive within the network.. the network itself changes’

This is a convivial networking event that will share in our local community harvest, supporting locally grown and organic sustainable food production, with the food on the day from local Organic growers, as well as community groups FEAST and One World Tapestry. Please bring along a plant based dish or pot to share with everyone of locally grown, organic food if feasible for you!

The day will also feature information for people to get involved in local campaigns including information on Pesticide Free Galway campaign, Dan Clabby from Conservation Volunteers Galway and information from Pauline O Reilly, Galway Greens, on a new plastic free, zero waste initiative and from TSG on a new organic food cooperative and buyers club

For more information please contact TSG at 087 2201972
or email thirdspacegalway@gmail.com

Revisiting Kropotkin’s theories – the Russian geographer, and self-proclaimed anarchist, in his most famous book, Mutual Aid; A Factor of Evolution, he maintains that cooperation within a species and a predisposition to help one other are inherent aspects of life.., and discussed the importance of ‘temporary guilds of cooperative, just in time groups, formed by the union of like-minded individuals, who shared a common goal and space’.

In his 1892 book The Conquest of Bread, Kropotkin proposed a system of economics based on mutual exchanges made in a system of voluntary cooperation. Kropotkin’s focus on local production led to his view that a country should strive for self-sufficiency – manufacture its own goods and grow its own food, lessening dependence on imports. To these ends he advocated to boost local food production ability.
http://www.moyak.com/papers/peter-kropotkin.html

It is increasingly recognised today that the environmentally sound future of cities, and farming involves producing our own food within a balanced, self-sustaining, biodiversity rich ecosystem using restorative and regenerative agroecology, with UN research promoting agroecology and permaculture as important practices in tackling Climate Change and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

The UN have denounced the use of pesticides and call for a total move away from industrial agricultural farming, that’s destroying and depleting the earth, while calling ‘for a food systems change, where all citizens have a right to food that has been produced in a way that is safe for both human health and for the environment.’

The Irish food industry sells itself as the home of ‘green’ grass fed, environmentally-friendly farming, but we have only 2% certified organic growers, which is well below the European average, and only 1% of Irish farms grow vegetables which is the lowest percentage across all other member states in the EU, the latest eurostat figures show. The figures also show that only 0.2% of the EU’s vegetables and 0.1% of its apples are grown in Ireland.