WELCOME TO THE FUTURE-PROOF WEXFORD BLOG

Thanks for stopping by. Bet you are a civic-minded soul with an independent streak and a can-do attitude!

What’s this all about? We think we, as in the people of Wexford, can better prepare for the future and make much more of what we have by working together. Better infrastructure, better local economy, better environment and, ultimately, stronger communities. We all have a part to play.

FPW Presentation at PPN Meeting


I attended my first PPN meeting last night. It was a very worthwhile meeting which, under chairman John Carr, covered alot of ground. There were short introductory presentations on the work of WWETB (http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie), Comhairle na nÓg (http://www.comhairlenanog.ie/local-comhairle/wexford/) and Future-Proof Wexford. This was followed by some very lively discussions on getting the most from your SPC, funding for local groups, resource-sharing, insurance for halls, local support for different addictions and much more.
I came away from the meeting determined to deliver one message to groups who are already members of PPN, and also to those groups thinking about joining: the most important initial in PPN is the middle “P”. Participation! Local groups can really benefit from the experience of coming together and sharing ideas. It is also the best place to learn about any supports available to groups whether these be financial, technical, educational, whatever. Ní neart go cur le chéile!
https://www.facebook.com/CoWexfordPPN

Why ‘voting with your dollar’ doesn’t work

Just when you thought you were making a difference by shopping ethically and being more brand aware, you may find that your money is ending up exactly where you did not want it to go.

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The fall down the rabbit hole is a long one – and often very painful. Once you start to deconstruct reality around you, you tend to alienate a lot of people. They are perfectly adjusted and don’t need your philosophical musings, thank you very much.

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Vote with your dollars is something you will hear well-meaning sustainability-leaning people say a lot. I used to. I still do, to an extent, but it took a long time to realize just how difficult that is.

The idea behind voting with your dollars is to put your money where your values lie. If you are against animal testing on cosmetics, you make sure to only buy cosmetics that are not tested on animals. Easy, right? Not so fast. Did you know that The Body Shop (the most famous worldwide company for natural and ethically produced beauty products) is owned by L’oreal? I didn’t, and…

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Optimism and the Apocalypse

2512086374_5da1610fc9_bWe stumbled upon a very good and thought-provoking article which will appeal to all future-proofers. Just as we are what we eat, maybe we like to think we – the few – are shining examples of our species at its caring, sharing best! In this article Sebastien Carew-Reid says: “we manipulate the truth in order to reduce personal responsibility and validate inaction”. And, yes, he is talking about every one of us. Mind you he does say that, at some point, albeit rather late in the day, we will get wake up smell the coffee: “When hope dies, action begins.” (Beyond Hope – Derrick Jensen)
http://dgrnewsservice.org/…/ali…/optimism-and-the-apocalypse

Community Garden Project in Wexford Town

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Plans are underway to develop a mini Community Garden behind the Wexford Chamber of Commerce HQ on Hill Street, Wexford. This follows a meeting earlier in the year at which GIY (Grow It Yourself) and Wexford County Council announced details of a new Community Food Growing initiative in Co Wexford. This is one of the three chosen host sites.
The broad aims of the programme are for GIY to provide a support and mentoring framework to identified community groups, including Love Redmond Park and the Cornmarket Project, to enable the creation of community gardens in a number of locations in Wexford. The programme will act as a catalyst to establish thriving community gardens using the ‘Meitheal’ approach while, at the same time, bringing communities closer together.
While the Wexford Town project is relatively small it will hopefully serve to inspire other similar initiatives in the area.
http://www.giyinternational.org

What’s nature trying to do here?

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American academic Larry Korn gave a very entertaining and enlightening talk on the philosophy and practise of natural farming at a packed Wexford Library last Thursday. The talk was the last in the current series the library has been running with Future-Proof Wexford.

Oregon-based Larry Korn is an iconic and influential figure in the world of natural farming. His passion for the “methodless method” approach to farming developed back in the 1970s when he spent time living and working on the farm of innovative Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka. The latter, who passed away in 2008, is now seen as being a pioneer and, dare one say it, ground-breaker (keep reading!), of the natural farming movement. Korn is translator and editor of the English-language edition of Mr. Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution and editor of his later book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert.
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Understanding Natural Farming with Larry Korn

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The next talk in the Wexford Library / Future-Proof Wexford series sees acclaimed American natural farming expert, Larry Korn, speak on the philosophy and practise of natural farming and permaculture.

Larry Korn is an iconic figure in the world of natural farming, permaculture, and sustainability. The defining move in his life was back in the 1970s when he took himself off to Japan where he lived and worked on the farm of Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer and world leader of the natural farming movement. Korn is translator and editor of the English-language edition of Mr. Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution and editor of his later book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert.
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