DUNCAN STEWART PRESENTS CERTS TO ORGANIC COLLEGE GRADUATES – 2nd wk in March 2014

All that hard work studying the theory and practise of organic growing culminated in a great evening of celebration at An tIonad Glas, the Organic College in Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick on Friday 7th March 2014. Comhghairdeas to all the graduates, not least to the one and only Áine Neville who managed to do the two year diploma course in just one year.  Impressive or what! Thanks to all at An tIonad Glas, Principal, Jim McNamara, Dr Sinead Neiland and the Director of Distance Learning and Course Tutor, Paula Pender, especially.

Guest of honour, Duncan Stewart, , inspired his audience, as he does so often on television, to become the change humanity needs to see take place. He passionately told the full hall that the vulnerability of our globalised food production system is creaking due to its almost total dependence of fossil fuels. Even once self-sufficient villages are now less than 1% self-reliant on food produced it their own locality. An tIonad Glas is, bit by bit, creating more resilient local food growing enterprises.

Here in Tacumshin, Co. Wexford, Áine is now making full use of the hard graft which earned her

Organic Growing and Sustainable Living diploma graduate, Áine Neville and guest of honour, Duncan Stewart of 'Eco-Eye' (RTÉ) at An tIonad Glas, Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick, 7 March 2014.

Organic Growing and Sustainable Living diploma graduate, Áine Neville and guest of honour, Duncan Stewart of ‘Eco-Eye’ (RTÉ) at An tIonad Glas, Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick, 7 March 2014.

that very practical diploma in organic horticulture. On our 3 acre holding, we are breaking new ground, cultivating what was for many years rough pasture and teaming up with other organic growers in the south east. In due course, Duncan’s vision of year round self-reliance in healthy local food will, le cúnamh Dé, become a reality region by region.

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