Agrobiodiversity for rural regeneration. Case study: supporting the emergence of a social cooperative for Irish-grown textiles
Main objective of the workshop
- To share experiences and obstacles related to the cultivation of hemp, flax, dyeing plants, etc. in Ireland;
- To collect more good practices from participants (build an overview of alternatives) and mobilise beyond the group of speakers;
- To collect ingredients from the legal and the ground to design collectively the emergence of a social cooperative for Irish-grown textiles (vision and action plan).
Short description of the workshop
As part of its work to promote the dynamic and sustainable management of agrobiodiversity, Seeds4All is committed to facilitate cooperations between the rural innovative players met across Europe.
In march 2023, project coordinator Adèle Pautrat travelled to Ireland to meet local organisations relying on agrobiodiversity to reintroduce traditional savoir faire related to textile production, and revive local economies from a sustainable perspective.
These partners are the Irish Seed Savers association, Apple Oak Fibre Works, FibreShed Ireland, the Hemp and Flax cooperative of Ireland, Shamrock Spring and the Mallon Linen Farm.
Together, they will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in producing fibres from hemp, flax, wool, dye plants, etc., and brainstorm, with the help of participants, on the idea of creating a social cooperative for Irish-grown textiles, from seed to fibre.