Worth watching the trailer below - I'd love to see the full movie. Apparently they'll arrange local screenings if there is enough demand - any other Belfast dwellers interested in seeing this? - Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story fol...

A wonderful way to start the day, worth taking a moment to watch.

A lovely little film, just a few minutes yet contains pearls of wisdom to really live each day to its fullest!

Worth a few moments of life even for the really busy people who have very important things to do

This is "Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg" by ecodads on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

What do you think about Brexit and our food system and standards: will we descend into an unregulated chaos, or will we be forced to become more sustainable?

Brexit, migration and climate pressures mean our ‘too big to fail’ global food chain could unravel

This is very worrying. We need to know our food standards won't drop on leaving the EU and on signing a trade deal with US. We must stand against inhumane animal farming and use of carcinogenic pesticides.

Consumers could be exposed to American farming practices banned by the EU

Hi, I am starting to save some of my seeds for next year and was wondering if others were doing this? If so, maybe we could swop seeds later in the year?

Hello, I'm in the process of writing a paper for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Children's Rights and the Environment. It's broader than children's access to food, but will include this. If anyone is interested in feeding in (😀) to this please get in touch. Inputs from children and young people particularly welcome. My deadline is 31 July. Muchas Gracias!

One reason to grow your own vegetables, and cook 'from scratch'

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Food Tank: The Food Think Tank

So many ways to reduce plastic in our lives!

Comfrey is a miraculous plant - anyone growing this?

There’s a plethora of info out there about comfrey but not much detail regarding establishing and managing a comfrey patch so I thought I would write an article to share my experience on this and how we grow comfrey as part of our fertility strategy in the market garden. When writing this article I…

A post about gearing up for summer and watching out for last frosts

Having read back over previous posts, I realise that I have been repeatedly talking about it being an exciting time in the garden. But it is really. REALLY true now. One of the things that is different about this year than previous years is that I am more tuned into getting the timing right. This…

A great looking Permaculture course!

Barry Sweeney to GIY Belfast (Grow it Yourself)

Full Permaculture Design Certificate course, with expert tutor team to equip you with the skills for designing their own projects, large or small. For more details click on the picture below.

Join this strong team of expert teachers for 12 days of intensive heads, hearts & hands-on permaculture learning at the beautiful 'Carraig Dúlra' in the South East of Ireland. This 8 year old permaculture smallholding site lends us the fantastic opportunity to explore practical elements of land-ba...

After a brief pause, a new blog post about my growing garden and celebrating light at Bealtaine.

Forgive me social blogosphere for I have sinned. It has been five weeks since my last post… Thankfully I can report that I have kept the faith and have progressed things according to plan over the past month. I have dug over the beds that needed prepared, and if I were to dig no more…

Belfast Wine Circle finally has a FB page! We're a bunch of people who make our own wine from a range of ingredients, and some of it is quite quaffable! Please follow the page for updates.

Belfast Wine Circle

Welcome to the brand new page for the Belfast Wine Circle. More content will be appearing over time. The next & final event of the 15/16 season will be the tasting of wines made from the recipes given out in October, 7:30pm Tuesday 10th May in Belmont Tower.

Everybody welcome!

Well, March is gone, and I have mostly done what I planned to. The days seem to have suddenly lengthened, and the weather has been fairly dry and reasonably warm. Well, perhaps not warm, but not freezing cold - most of the time. The recently renovated greenhouse is filling with seedlings of many typ…
I had promised in my post on ‘Growing a healthy gut’ to write a series of posts on making foods to feed your gut microbiota. The obvious place to start is with yoghurt (or yogurt if you hail from North America), probably the most widely known lacto-fermented food. While the majority of yoghurts foun…
Alex Tennant is with Sinéad McCullagh.

Another of my GoodFoodLife blog posts...

  Last week I treated myself to a night out at the prestigious Merchant Hotel for an event that was part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival. There had been many interesting events on offer, but this one caught my eye as it focussed on Sustainable Gastronomy. The programme talked about the prob…
Having used the winter months to plan my years growing, I have tables and lists of what I need to be doing each month. February's list was fairly challenging, tackling some of the tasks I have been avoiding for some time, including moving the compost heap, repairing the greenhouse, shovelling horse…

A post about some local food heroes for the Northern Ireland Year of Food theme for February: 'Love Local'.

As it is Northern Ireland's Year of Food, and the theme for February is 'Love Local' I thought I'd write about some of my local food heroes. Given the importance of agriculture for our economy, and the fact that we are surrounded on three sides by water, you would think it would be easy to…