Urban farm opened in Dublin to educate city dwellers on farming

The first small-scale urban farm in Dublin City has been opened in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, a 240-acre public park on the north side of Dublin and former estate of the Guinness family.

The ethos of St Anne’s City Farm is not to be a petting farm, but a place where people can learn first-hand about animal husbandry, growing food, cooking food and sustainable living.

Climate plan

The project arose following a public consultation on Dublin’s climate action plan.

A number of submissions were received, which recommended promoting community initiatives around local food production.

Opening the farm on Friday 26 April, lord mayor of Dublin Niall Ring said the farm would give children and adults the opportunity to see farm-based activities in an urban setting.

London-inspired

Marion Kelly from St Anne’s City Farm said: “The farm follows in the footsteps of other community farms in London like Hackney city farm and Spitalfields city farm.

“We believe that every child and grown up should have access to a garden and that everyone in the garden is equal.”

Volunteers will care for and manage the animals, which include two pigs, nine chickens, three goats and a pony.

There will also be a heavy focus on growing vegetables, with the farm located next to a number of allotments.

The non-profit farm will be free to visit and open to the public five days a week year-round.

 

 

By Barry Cassidy