• Amanda

Inspired: These Green Surfers in Ireland Turned a Small Garden Into an Amazing Community Farm


The Moy Hill Community Farm was started by a community of surfers and volunteers that have created a non-profit project in the Moy Hill Community, close to the reeling waves of Lehinch and the famous big waves spots under the cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland. Donated 2 acres of land by a local hero for a field and community garden that are used for growing organic and native fruits and vegetables, as well as for planting a native tree orchard to preserve Irish heritage . The Moy Hill Community Farm holds free workshops on growing, cooking, building and weekly community meals and work with several other non-profit organisations including the Irish Heritage Council, Seed Savers and The Community Foundation for Ireland with the common goal to promote healthy and sustainable communities in Ireland.

It's no easy task but all of the work is done with a sustainable approach, pigs help to rotavate the field and they utilise local seaweed and sand opposed to any fertiliser or pesticides. Everyone is invited to come and help grow and in return, when the harvest is done, is rewarded with the fruits and vegetables of their labour. With hard work and passion and the odd sneaky surf thrown in for good measure the farm has flourished,with local communities benefiting from a source of natural organically grown produce.

Their mission is a simple one, to feed local people, love the earth and inspire. But to keep on progressing in that direction they continue to work with whatever is necessary - soil, seeds, shovels and long days in the field; farmers, banks, politics (Fergal one of Moy's founders, stood for election last year), NGOs, charities, schools and universities; as well as yoga, meditation, non-violent communication and community building practices. The Moy Hill crew grow food but also hold an open door for anyone to stay, work, learn, grow, heal.

Part farmer, part surfer Mitch Corbett surfing an emerald green Irish wave

The farm, it's founders and volunteers remain grounded in the work towards a better food system, but it is also part of a wider movement, part of what has been called Institutes for Technologies of Reunion. Many of those who visit or stay at the farm have minimal experience in vegetable growing, so what is it that gathers them together? The answer, an openness to receive each other; another is the strong sense of mission and dedication to something beyond themselves.

The Moy Hill crew are now reaching out for help to continue their ever growing project (see what I did there) A 60-acre plot of land has become available next to Moy Hill Farm allowing them to expand. While this land has it's practical gifts, more space for native trees, more land for good food, more nature under care . It also carries a bigger message: that it is possible

You can grow our own food. You can drink clean water. You can give your children the gift of wild nature.

The Moy Hill Farmers hope that their story will have a greater purpose, to inspire and support others in reclaiming food, water and educational sovereignty in their local areas.

So please support their campaign and help in any way you can by visiting their Crowdfunder page here.

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