The Community Food Project model is targeted at anyone who has ever wanted to grow their own vegetables and fruit but perhaps was unsure how to.
It is especially relevant to people managing on a tight family budget. The project was run by the Organic Centre in Rossinver County Leitrim with funding from the Health Service Executive West and the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The connection between good health and the food we eat is clearly established. It is accepted that good health begins with including as much wholesome fresh produce as possible in our daily diet. Increased intake of fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of such diseases as heart disease, strokes and some cancers. Eating fruit and vegetables can also help achieve other dietary goals by increasing fibre intake, reducing fat intake, aiding weight management and substituting for high sugar foods. The benefit of organic food is that it is grown in good healthy soil without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
In the CFP model, a number of cookery sessions demonstrate quick and easy ways to cook your own delicious home grown vegetables. These are provided by ‘Eat Well Be Well’ tutors provided by the HSE. The project culminates in the annual harvest celebration in September.
The Project Steering Group has developed a ‘How to Guide’ to enable interested people or groups to start community gardens. The project gives participants the opportunity to learn gardening and cooking skills, specifically:
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