Ireland Rewinding: What would a truly wild Ireland look like?

On a remote patch of land in the south-west of Ireland lies a precious fragment of a lost world – owned and managed by one man. Eleven years ago, Eoghan Daltun sold his house in Dublin and moved to his new home, an old farm on County Cork's rugged coast. The farm, on the Beara Peninsula, included a strip of native woodland, something that is now incredibly rare in Ireland, as well as Europe. Daltun saw that 32-acre (13-hectare) patch of ancient trees as his very own temperate rainforest – a type of mossy forest once far more common in Britain and Ireland, made possible in part thanks to moist island air.

By pulling out heaps of non-native plants, including rhododendron, and erecting a fence to keep sheep and deer from grazing the area, Daltun gave his forest a chance to flourish and expand. Life has, in fact, exploded.


Workshop registration is now open

As a registered ORFC Global delegate you can now book places on our workshops. Spaces are limited. These are going to fill up fast, so be quick! Follow the links below to book. When prompted, use code: ORFC12

ORFC Global 2021 workshops
How to register for workshops

1. Follow this link
2. Enter the access code: ORFC12
3. Register for your chosen workshops

If you aren't sure which workshops you want to attend, view the complete list below. You can also register through these links. Workshops will run through Zoom. If a workshop is fully booked, please sign up to the waiting list, as spaces may become available.

14:00 - 15.30
Organic No-till with Living Mulches: The Holy Grail for Organic Arable?
15:00 - 16:30
Using COP26 to Build Momentum for Integrated and Just Food Policies that Support Nature, Climate and People
16:00 - 17:30
Getting the Most Out of Livestock Enterprises: Delivering Public Goods and Ensuring Viability in the UK
18:00 - 19:30
Financing Agroecology: From Tweaking to Transformation…!

13:00 - 14:30
Building Farmers’ Capacity in the Context of Urbanisation: Political Pedagogies for Urban Agroecology
15:00 - 16:30
Activist-Exchange: Sharing Strategies to Take Back Control of the Future
17:00 - 18:30
Feeding Pigs and Poultry on Regionally Produced and Organic Feed

16:00 - 17:30
How to Build a Time Machine (Rob Hopkins)
17:00 - 18:30
Ranching in Relationship to Land: A Female Perspective

12:00 - 13:30
Worm Control Without Anthelmintics
16:00 - 17:30
Subtle Agroecologies: Farming with the Hidden Half of Nature
18:00 - 19:30
Mimicking Nature in Wine Farming: Is It Possible to Drink Ourselves out of this Mess?

12:00 - 13:30
Nature Means Business
13:00 - 14:30
Know Better Food: A Behaviour Change Model for a Better Food System
14:00 - 15:30
Tracing Food Systems Transformation along Desire Lines: What Our Food Practice During COVID-19 Tells Us about the Food System We Want
15:00 - 16:30
Heal & Repair: Land & Freedom
16:00 - 17:30
Bringing Communities Together Through Seed: A Discussion and Planning Session for Community Seed Banks, Seed Libraries and Seed Initiatives Around the UK
17:00 - 18:30
Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture: The Transformative Power of Non-hierarchical Spaces
17:00 - 18:00
Fighting Weeds and Pests with Plants: Learn about the Findings from Farmers and Researchers in the UK

12:00 - 13:30

From Margin to Mountain: Farmland Nature-based Climate Solutions at Every Scale
13:00 - 14:30
Fixing Nitrogen: The Nitrogen Challenge in the UK
14:00 - 15:30
Supply Chains and Infrastructure for Agroecology in the UK
15:00 - 16:30
We’ve Been Framed: Changing the Way We Talk about GM to Address Urgent New Threats
16:00 - 17:30
Let’s Kick the Copper Habit: Promoting Blight Resistant Potatoes Within Retail
17:00 - 19:00
How Farms Can Soak up the Rain, Create Resilience to Flooding and Drought, and Improve the Health of Crops, Animals, and People
18:00 - 19:00
SPINNING FOOD: How to Identify the PR Tactics Industry Uses to Shape the Story of Food
19:00 - 20:30
Can Agriculture Be Decolonised? Opportunities and Obstacles for Agroecology
20:00 - 21:30
An Exploration of ‘Feminine Values’ in the Context of Livestock Farming

12:00 - 13:30
Decision Trees: Building Woody Perennials into Your Farming System
13:00 - 14:30
Commons Off the Land: Sharing Infrastructure, Tech, Process and Knowledge to Build Food Sovereignty Country by Country
14:00 - 15:30
Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC): A Q&A about Access to Land in the UK
15:00 - 16:30
What’s Your Beef? A Workshop Exploring the Concerns and Hopes of the Farming Community in the UK
16:00 - 17:30
How Cosmology Guides Farmers of the Shashe Community in Zimbabwe

Saturday night film screening: Gather
Join us for our Saturday night film on 9 January, 8pm. We're screening Gather. It's an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty. Tickets are limited, so book now.
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This week on the CODEPINK radio air waves, co-founder Jodie Evans talks to Severine von Tscharner Fleming and to CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy Organizer Kelly Curry about how to plant seeds of peace and divest ourselves, our time, our talent and money from the war economy. 

Denis Desmarest, paysan boulanger (peasant breadmaker)

This video is in French! To translate, go in Youtube at the bottom of the video player, turn on subtitles and click settings wheel > subtitles/cc to switch language. Enjoy!

Announcing The 1st Ever: Until We’re Together Again Community Supported Arts Project.

We're set up just like a farm CSA, where you pay a monthly fee and receive a box of delicious farm fresh food…

Only We're Sending You A Box Of Freshly Grown, Non GMO, Free Range ART!!!

Each month, for the next 6 months, a different artist will snail mail you (also known as real mail) a new cultural offering to help you get through the dark and socially distant winter ahead of us!


Our CSArt project...
supports artists so that they're still artists at the end of this pandemic.
keeps you connected to your favorite artists during a long, dark winter.
let's us process this surreal, lonely, heartbreaking moment communally.


MAX ZT (Max's collaboration with Priya Darshini on her album Periphery was JUST NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY!!!!)
CHELSEA GRANGER of The Royal Frog Ballet
SOPHIE WOOD of The Royal Frog Ballet
TERESA CAMOU GUERRERO filmmaker & longtime Bread and Puppet company member



"The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly blown open the destructive veins of neo-liberalism, capitalism, racism, fascism and patriarchy, revealing violent and broken systems that have been forced upon us for far too long. With each day, we see that the majority of people who are dying are those who have been historically exploited, oppressed, marginalized and discriminated against because of race, gender, class, caste.

Additionally, the sacred connection that Indigenous communities hold with the land has been violated through colonization, broken treaties, and the continuous human rights violations made against Indigenous people.[1]

Across the planet, the majority of front line workers, health care workers, home care workers, domestic workers, and farmworkers are women. Like the Earth, they are the least valued and protected.

We must RISE to value, protect and uplift those who are doing essential work. We must RISE for the Earth, which is the most essential to all life.

We call on everyone around the world to RISE in honor and celebration of our women workers, and to create and grow RISING GARDENS.


Gardens remind us of our enduring connection to life, to each other and to Earth, which compels us to do everything in our power to protect and nurture life and all that is sacred without doing harm. The cultivation of plant life is also a means for survival. Growing food in a garden organically – be it your own indoor garden or a community garden – allows you to feed yourself and your community. It provides autonomy and underscores the need for food security in a world where so many are denied these essential resources. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported in April that the coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people suffering from acute food insecurity this year to around 265 million globally.[2]

Maintaining a garden is an act of resistance because it does the opposite of what the capitalist machinery does – it connects people and communities with the Earth. To grow one’s own food, to grow beauty and life – is revolutionary in this age of ecological, environmental, societal, spiritual collapse. To put our energies, our creativity, our hearts into everything that can grow and sustain all forms of life when the current world order is bent on destruction is a radical political act. The existence and persistence of community gardens in food deserts and low-income neighborhoods is a testament to the resilience of the Black and Brown communities who cultivate them.

Tending to a garden, like nurturing our own communities, requires patience, creativity, love, care, attentiveness, presence, diligence, mindfulness and commitment. Gardening centralizes growing and giving, it is not about taking or acquiring.

To care for a garden – to nurture it to bloom and grow – deepens our relationship to Mother Earth.

Gardens place us firmly and deeply in the art of honoring life, becoming artistic beds of Creative Resistance.

Gardens are sacred spaces that engage and awaken our senses, make us believe in wonder, beauty and connection to all living beings. Like theatre, they are a place of play and of transformation – where we can celebrate and contribute to life.

Rising Gardens are a defiant creative call for revival, restoration and transformation. They are, in many ways, a compassionate call for justice – because one of the greatest injustices of our time has been the destruction and eradication of Mother Earth, parallel to the ongoing and escalating gender-based violence. We cannot keep the ongoing extraction of women’s labour and earth’s produce, with no gratitude to both. We must honor and protect the Earth and women in order for any future life to exist.

To make a garden grow is to love.
To keep a community alive is to love.
Create and grow gardens.
Dance in them.
Raise the Vibration with your hands and bodies.


from One Billion Rising

early Los Angeles as an agricultural valley (pc: Civil Beat)


"Is Early Los Angeles A Model For Food And Agriculture In Hawaii?

Believe it or not, yes. In the first half of the 20th century, smart planners put land in the hands of farmers and transformed LA County into an agricultural powerhouse...[continue reading at Civil Beat]."


Larry Kandarian of Kandarian Organic Farms talks through his soil building practices.

From RadicalxChange:

"Land has been central to economic inequality for centuries. Today, we sometimes see homeownership as a path to the middle class, but it is important to see how this particular asset still drives inequality. This panel discusses the past and present of ideas like Henry George's land value tax, hoping to draw lessons for the real economy.

Jo Guldi is a scholar of the history of Britain and its empire who is especially involved in questions of state expansion, the contestation of property under capitalism, and how state and property concepts are recorded in the landscape of the built environment. These themes informed her first book, Roads to Power, which examined Britain's interkingdom highway and its users from 1740 to 1848. They also inform her current research into rent disputes and land reform for my next monograph, The Long Land War, which profiles three moments in the history of property: the Irish Land Court of 1881 and its invention of rent control, the ideology of "squatting" in post-1940 Britain, and the creation of the "participatory map" for contesting legal boundaries in Britain and India in the 1970s and 80s.

Alisha C. Holland is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University. She studies the comparative political economy of development with a focus on Latin America. Her first book, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the politics of law enforcement against the poor. She is working on a new book on the institutional determinants and challenges of large-scale infrastructure projects.

Matt Prewitt is RadicalxChange Foundation’s president, a writer and blockchain industry advisor, and a former plaintiff's side antitrust and consumer class action litigator and federal law clerk."


Applications are now available for Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored Farm and Food System Fellowship!

The Fellowship is an 18-month educational program that fully sponsors, trains, and empowers individuals to become teachers and advocates for a food system that is socially, environmentally, and economically just. Selected Fellows spend six months in experiential, residential Farm and Food Study at AMI’s Allegheny Farm Campus, followed by a Community Action Year, applying their training in partnership with AMI and regional non-profit organizations.

More about the fellowship:

"From May to October, AMI fully sponsors a cohort of passionate individuals to learn, live and study together on the Allegheny Farm in Highland County, VA.

Fellows gain a full-season of hands-on, diversified experience in agricultural methods that enhance the health of our ecosystem. This includes fruit and vegetable production, poultry care, rotational grazing, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping, agroforestry, ecological farm design, food preservation, and whole food cooking. Fellows are directly involved with outreach, education and sales, and may work to teach in a school garden, sell at a Farmers Market, and supply Community Supported Agriculture share.

Daily experiential learning is augmented by in-depth workshops and field trips led by passionate, experienced staff and topical experts. Through these activities, Fellows deepen farming skills and explore critical food system issues, examining the intersections of food policy, climate change, racism, and socioeconomic justice.

The Fellowship challenges and encourages both self-directed and collaborative learning. The Farm and Food Study culminates in a Capstone Project that provides Fellows with the opportunity to explore and hone their skills and interests.

Farm Fellows spend approximately 40-50 hours per week learning, studying, and working on the farm in a typical week, with occasional evening and weekend commitments for chores and AMI events. Fellows are granted 3 personal days and holidays. AMI provides accident insurance coverage.

The Farm and Food Fellowship is an 18-month program, and AMI expects all successful Farm Fellows to commit to the following year of Community Action. Farm Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Community Action Year contract. At AMI's discretion, Fellows may be asked to repay the costs of the Farm and Food Study Fellowship if they voluntarily leave the program early or fail to commit to or complete the Community Action Year."