Grow Your Own: Seed Swap, Talks & Movie – Zero Waste Pop-Up Event

Grow Your Own: Seed Swap, Talks & Movie – Zero Waste Pop-Up Event

No matter if you have your own urban garden, some pots on your balcony or just a small window sill: learn how to grow your own vegetables this year in the tiniest of spaces. Everyone can be a successful small-scale gardener. This TCD Green Week event comes with perfect timing to coincide with the start of spring, so you can get producing and growing your own food.


As part of TCD’s Green Week 2020 this event comes with perfect timing to coincide with the start of spring, so you can get producing and growing your own food. All are welcome!

5 pm Seed Swap and Seed Saving Workshop with Ciara Kelly
6 pm Urban Gardening Stories with Celia Somlai and Mies Stam
7 pm Seed: The Untold Story Film Screening

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Seed Swap and Seed Saving Workshop

We will kick-off at 5 pm with a Seed Swap and Seed Saving Workshop brought to you by Ciara Kelly (Dublin Community Supported Agriculture). Ciara will be showing you how to save tomato seeds and will be talking about the importance of seeds and which seeds are best to save. All the while we will exchange seeds you might have saved from last year with interesting new varieties you are yet to try. So bring your saved seeds from the last season (all vegetables and flowers are welcome) for the Seed Swap.

Urban Gardening Stories

From 6 pm onward we invited successful hobby gardeners to share their stories and experiences of growing their own food in a city garden/a small balcony/a farm in the suburbs/a shelf in the kitchen. You will learn how to start within the smallest of spaces or in your back garden and hear e.g. from Celia Somlai who is an inspiring balcony gardener, Mies Stam who runs regular Wildflower Walks in Dublin and surroundings.

Movie Screening “Seed: The Untold Story”

At 7 pm we will be screening “Seed: The Untold Story”, an Emmy nominated documentary about the importance of heirloom seeds to the agriculture of the world, focusing on seed keepers and activists from around the world. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. The movie follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Feel free to drop in anytime and stay only for the parts you like. The event is free to attend but we will have a donation box at the entrance where we collect donations for the Community Supported Agriculture Network Ireland, a volunteer group set up to support and promote community-driven agriculture in Ireland with currently 9 active CSAs.

This “Grow Your Own” event is co-hosted by the Zero Waste Festival Ireland and the Dublin CSA. Support for the event comes from Irish Seed Savers, the Environmental Society at TCD and the Botanical Society at TCD.


You can find us in the Demo Room on the third floor of Simon Perry Building, tucked in right in between the Rugby Pitch and the new Business School. Follow the red arrows in the building to the room. There will be signs from the ground floor leading you to the room.

Also, feel free to bring your dinner along (in your own reusable container, of course). We have a microwave in the building as well, so you can warm up your food.

Best to come by foot (if you live in the area) or by LUAS and bus. You can plan your journey by using the Transport For Ireland Journey Planner our check out the map below.


Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This is a free event but donations to support the Zero Waste Festival are always welcome, so that we can buy our speakers a drink.


The event is free to attend and open for all. You can get your free ticket on Eventbrite (No need to print! It’s just for us to have an idea about how many people to expect…).

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Get involved

Last but not least: We are always on the look-out for new people to share their Zero Waste journey and inspire other people. We also want to hear from you if you would like us to cover a certain topic or a certain aspect of Zero Waste and low-impact living! Let us know if you have a great idea for a workshop we could host. Or maybe you own or know of a venue that could host a series of our pop-up events? Or maybe you would want to organise an event yourself outside of Dublin? Do not hesitate to get in contact with us by sending an email to

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We are a community-run initiative to facilitate zero waste networking, learning, and sharing in Ireland through a series on pop-up festivals including workshops, talks, screenings, and meet-up sessions at various locations.