Dublin City Council has opened its first community urban farm at St. Anne’s Park, Raheny. The farm will be open to the public five days per week. It is run on a non-profit basis, entirely by volunteers and entry is completely free.
Dublin City Farm’s manager, Marion Kelly said: “We want to get people to come and learn to grow plants and to get involved with the animals. They are all ‘rescues’. They need love. We want to make you love nature. You will never save the planet unless you love it.
Visitors can see a miniature pony called Moses along with hens, goats, pigs, and even a guinea pig! There is also a herb garden and raised beds.
The Google.org Impact Challenge granted the farm €50,000. This money was spent on solar panels, toilets, and wheelchair ramps. This urban farm plans to be 75 percent sustainable and off-grid within five years.
Of the dedicated volunteers is Caitríona Marsh, a Leaving Cert student. Each weekend she is busy looking after the animals, cleaning stables and planting. Her favorite rescues are a pair of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs! Caitríona said: “Basically, they are free range. They are spoiled rotten”.
For more information, please follow Dublin City Farm’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/DubCityfarm