Donegal Community Garden Network have announced that Irish Seedsavers will be joining them at their Autumn Gathering on Saturday, October 20 at Garradh Cholmcille – Pobail le Chéile Community Garden (next to the fire station) in Falcarragh.

This event is open to everyone in the county with an interest in seed saving and for new and existing gardeners to meet up with other community gardeners in Donegal.

This year the network was delighted to receive a Changemakers 'Seeds of Change' grant to have ISSA come to Donegal and to purchase heirloom seeds from the Irish Seed savers Association, which were distributed at our last Spring gathering in March at the fabulous Twin Towns Community Garden.

In addition to the sharing of saved seeds, the workshop will cover the importance of preserving heritage heirloom seeds for the future of Ireland's food and flora sovereignty.

This is the Donegal Community Garden Networks next step in creating a Living Seed Bank across Co. Donegal.

A Living Seed Bank is where healthy varieties of fruit, vegetable, tree and herb seeds are grown and when it comes time to harvest these, a portion are saved and shared to be grown again the following season.

This cyclical growing process then creates strong and resilient plants, inherently capable of thriving in our county's weather and growing conditions.

Donegal Community Garden Network will assist community gardens in sharing their saved seeds, to keep the cycle of healthy plants going.

DCGN have been in operation since 2016 and have been steadily 'growing' ever since. They aim to connect and promote community gardening across the county, health and wellbeing and growing your own food.

They will continue to support growers and garden-dabblers by holding events and workshops throughout the year; details can be found on their seasonal blogs over at www.donegalcgnblog.wordpress.com and by subscribing to their newsletter or following them on Facebook.

Admission to the event is €10, or by donation so please give what you can, if you can! A light lunch is included and refreshments will be served.

If you'd like to know more, or put your name down please get in touch on [email protected] or via our Facebook page @DonegalCGN.

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