Local-based comedian Breda Larkin in a recent project named “10-10-20 The Land on Drugs”, teamed up with Talamh Beo at The Emerald Ballroom last October where she sought to encourage debate on the and play against the prevailing assumptions we hold about our current farming systems and rural livelihood.
Challenging old mantras in hopes that together they could come up with new farming systems to aid and restore eco-systems that were destroyed and to construct soils, making the land appear better than when they began all while hoping that they would gather a few laughs along the way.
Plans have been put on hold for Breda due to Covid-19, A film was planned to be screened in February of 2021 alongside several workshops covering various topics surrounding farming.
With Galway 2020 events being pushed out to at least April, Breda remains hopeful that she can perform in the Town Hall Theatre.
“It has been really difficult, I have had interviews that are unusable due to the audio corrupting or the camera losing focus during online interviews, I have been so heavily reliant on the broadband and many living in rural areas don’t have access to quality broadband leading to many difficulties, explains Breda.
Breda has been using her time to edit the footage she has gathered from her visits with the Talamh Beo farmers and is hopeful that she can get quality footage uploaded to the Talamh Beo YouTube channel in the near future.
Many interviews have already been uploaded to the channel under the title “Hedge School Farming” with videos ranging from mushroom growing to holistic land management. Throughout February Breda plans to upload more interviews conducted over zoom with a Teagasc advisor, dairy farmer and soil experts all featuring. She hopes that the project would continue throughout the year and is looking forward to the fair day on 10-10-21.
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