Grow Your Own!

New Newstalk documentary 'A City Feast' explores the community garden scene

BROADCAST TIME: 11am on Bank Holiday Monday 7th August.

A City Feast is a celebration of the bounty created from the waste of our city.  This is a simple story about the gathering and sharing of food, harvested from wasteland around Dublin, land that has been transformed into community gardens.

A City Feast is about a group of creative people who grow food in an inner city setting repurposing wasteland and unused ground between city buildings to grow vegetables and herbs. We meet with these urban gardeners to create a meal that begins to illustrate the vast range of food that is grown in places we wouldn’t even consider. Throughout our cities communities are formed to reclaim urban wastelands, and turn what has been discarded into a productive community space; a space that produces the best of food, bringing people together to grow and share, to create something beautiful and bountiful.


A City Feast was produced, presented and edited by Patricia Baker.

Editing and final mix by Gerry Horan, Contact Studio.

A City Feast was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with the Television License Fee


Almost two acres of what was a complete cesspit of cans, mattresses, every urban invasive species was in there. But it was so impressive; it was a huge big open green space, kind of like through the wardrobe into Narnia.

Rinn Coulter

Who labours to produce our food? When you start to produce your own food you actually see how much work goes into making the food. And you also reconnect with the seasons, and with nature and the seasons, which benefits mental health.  So good for mental health, to be putting your hands in the earth and planting seeds, watching stuff grow.

Seoidin O’Sullivian

We wanted to share what we grow with as many people as possible, and we thought the best way to do that is to have a really good herb garden, so people could just clip some on their way home for their dinner.

Kaethe Burt O’Dea

The interesting thing about bees is that they are doing better in the city than in the countryside. For a number of reasons, the chemicals we are spraying, the mono culture which is acres and acres of the same thing. Bees love diversity, things that flower at different times, things like dandelions and ivy. A lot of the plants we consider weeds are hugely important to bees.

Kaethe Burt O’Dea



LISTEN LIVE: 11am on Bank Holiday Monday 7th August.

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