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Food as a Commons!

22 Jun 2019

By Mon 27 May 2019April 3rd, 2020Events, FOOD & FARMING

This event is now over

You can READ our report, including Henk Renting’s presentation, here:
READ GEF’s “Fair and Healthy Food” discussion paper here,
SEE our photos of the event here.

Event Details

Food as a Commons!

Green European Foundation, with the support of Green Foundation Ireland and the Cork Food Policy Council, invite you to:

Food as a Commons!

A morning seminar of debate and discussion
with an afternoon of field visits and feasting!

SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019   –   09:30 to 19:00
Commencing in:  Nano Nagle Place,  Douglas Street,  Cork City.

Book Here


This event costs €20 per person (plus booking fee), which covers entrance to all our events on Saturday, including morning coffee as well as lunch during the Cocina Pública street feast.

Please secure your place by booking hereearly booking is RECOMMENDED as numbers will be restricted in order to facilitate an engaged, constructive and convivial experience.

Event Programme

Our key speakers include

Henk Renting
Researcher and Lecturer in Urban Food Systems,
AERES University of Applied Sciences, Almere, The Netherlands

Órla O’Donovan
Lecturer at the School of Applied Social Studies,
University College Cork

Colin Sage
Co-Founder and former Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council

As always at our events, an important part will be the Q&A sessions which will allow full participation by those attending.

Our PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (last updated on 12 Jun 2019) is available here. Further updates on this event will appear on this page.


Nano Nagle Place is situated on Douglas Street in Cork City and you can see details of how to find it here on their website – you may have to scroll down a little.

Here is a map to help you locate it.


Public concern about climate change and biodiversity loss has led to increasing attention on our food system as both a cause but also a potential solution to environmental breakdown. Reform of European food and agricultural policies (CAP) is urgently needed in order to better protect nature and rural livelihoods, and growing numbers of people are becoming actively involved in reshaping food systems at local level.

We see a creative resurgence of practices to recover the value of food as a public good, and to help reduce our own personal environmental footprint. Growing food in cities offers numerous benefits for the urban environment and community resilience, and can improve availability of fresh, nourishing produce especially for those for whom access is restricted by income.

This day-long event is an opportunity to pool ideas, share experiences and celebrate the power of community in growing, cooking and eating food and to emphasise the central purpose of a food system: to produce food sustainably and feed people well.

With thanks to the European Parliament for financial provision to
Green European Foundation which supports this event.