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Moy Hill Community Farm – Surfers who Planted Trees

Moy Hill Community Farm

“When I reflect that one man, armed only with his own physical and moral resources, was able to cause this land of Caanan to spring from the wasteland, I am convinced that in spite of everything, humanity is admirable.” – Jean Giono

Moy Hill Community Farm was created by a group of pro-surfers who came together with a mission to bring people together, grow food while doing it and give back to the nature. The farm is located on the West Coast of Ireland, near the famous Lahinch beach, which is loved and enjoyed by many surfers from all over the globe.

Moy Hill Community Farm was started from a back garden in 2012 from a land donated by Moy House country guesthouse. The idea came from and was created by an Irish champion surfer Fergal Smith, Cornish surfers Matt Smith and Mitch Corbertt. By 2015 the garden was already 17 acres large and run as a Community supported agriculture (CSA). Their emphasis is not on profit, instead they wish to encourage more people to listen to and work with the land, and with that they wish to support and promote more sustainable and healthier way of living. Hence, it is not only about growing your own food; it is about creating community and supporting each other. On the land they hold various workshops on growing fruits and vegetables, and cooking, along with that the Moy Hill Farm also works with such organisations as the Irish Heritage Council and the Irish Seed Savers Association. In their own words:

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“Moy Hill Farm is grounded in our work towards a better food system, yet is also part of a wider movement, part of what have been called Institutes for Technologies of Reunion.”

The idea of community and creating a better and more natural way of living doesn’t stop there; along the Moy Hill Farm they have also created a charity – Home Tree – through which they have already planted 12,000 native Irish trees such as oak, rowan, hazel, and birch. This charity project in some ways is a kind of a modern day version of Jean Giono’s The Man Who Planted Trees. At the moment they are working hard to expand the farm, which would open up more options and possibilities to the community, as well as it would give them more land where to plant the trees. You can support Moy Hill CSA Farm by heading over to their crowd-funding page here or head down to the Moy Hill Farm on Sunday, October 15, to celebrate the last day of crowd-funding. And if you are around the West Coast of Ireland, you know that you will always be welcomed in the Moy Hill Farm.

For the inspiration, here is a movie of the Moy Hill Farm and the wonderful people behind it all.

Beyond The Break from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

Keep an eye on My Good Planet for an interview with the people behind the Moy Hill Farm.

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