Drawing a graph at my talk in the Organic Centre to show how human population growth has relied more and more on fossil fuels (since 1909). To feed humanity in a post oil world, town and country folk must grow more food.

A long standing invitation to speak at the annual Garden Party in the Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, led to a very enjoyable visit there this week. Last Sunday, in fact. A programme of workshops was both entertaining and informative. The legendary Hans Wieland gave tips on growing a year round supply of salad leaves. For good health, he suggests a salad starter before a meal to help the body prepare for digesting the substantial food to follow in the main course.

Big supporter of the Organic Centre, local TV chef, Neven Maguire undertook a full cookery demonstration in a packed barn. Neven is a master of multi-tasking, as he can talk and cook at the same time … not a common male trait, speaking personally! His famous family was there too, much to the delight of the crowd, Amelda and the twins, Conor and Lucia. The sun shone.

Before Ingrid did her composting demo and Gaby Wieland did the herb workshop, I was asked to do a gardening presentation in the context of future food security. In effect the presentation was a blatant plug for the book ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’ which is almost sold out – must print more! However, as proceeds from the book sales are going to help SEED (Sustainable Earth Education Development) network, of which the Organic Centre and Sonairte etc are members, the audience was very generous in relieving me of a box of books. Must get on to to see how many copies are still in stock.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Hey Trevor, really enjoyed the talk and am also enjoying reading the book. It’s packed full of useful information and the week by week information is great! The Organic Centre is a great spot to visit a well. Thanks again.


  2. Now we’ve got your book, done the polytunnel course, cleared the ground, bought the seeds….now just need to get digging!


    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on August 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Oonagh,
      Delighted to hear you have my book, thank you. Bit by bit you will get there. Enjoy the journey and feel free to let me and others know through the website as you encounter success and snags along the way.

      Organically yours,


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