Along with other Slow Food Convivia in Ireland, Slow Food Dublin sponsored the 2016 Irish Food Writers’ Guild Community Food Awards. These awards honour organisations, individuals, or businesses for their outstanding commitment to social responsibility. The 2016 awards recognised the following:
- Irish Seed Savers Association’s commitment to biodiversity,
- The Organic Centre’s dedication to education and opportunity for sustainable living.
- Loaf Catering’s integration of social responsibility throughout all aspects of their catering business.
- The OURganic Gardens network of community gardens and their commitment to educating gardeners and perpetuating organic gardening principles.
- The Cork Food Policy Council’s Edible Greening Project for promoting the health benefits and beauty of urban gardening.
Fatima Groups United is a Family Resource Centre working in the Rialto area of Dublin. In 2013-2015 this group led the Fatima Food Project which addressed issues of food poverty and healthy eating. Fatima Groups United continues to deliver a number community initiatives based out of the F2 Community Centre.
The Urban Farm Project facilitates an impressive array of urban farm activities including growing hops, preserving and promoting potato varieties, and investing in the future of food with students via the Belvedere College Urban Farm.
Slow Food Dublin is a participant in the 10,000 Gardens in Africa project where we sponsor a garden in Ethiopia about 300km southwest of Addis Ababa. The 2,800 square garden is near a school elementary school near the village of Gassa Chare. The garden, fertilized mainly with manure, produces local varieties of cabbage and cauliflower, carrots, red turnips, onions, garlic, tomatoes, ginger, beans, peas and corn. Fruit trees also grow in the garden: local mango, apple and peach varieties.