The Barna Way

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Barna Ballybunion Co. Kerry v31yk68 |
The Barna Way Organic Farm, Wildlife Sanctuary and Arts Centre The Barna Way is a creative and community-based, sustainability and biodiversity project, created by photographer Rena Blake and artist Lisa Fingleton. The project is based in Barna, an organic farm and wildlife sanctuary, one mile from the famous Ballybunion surf beach on the Wild Atlantic Way. The house and lands are steeped in history, song and tradition and both Rena’s mother and grandmother were born here. The Barna Way is about a holistic way of being, living in harmony and connection with all other life on earth. It is about creating an inclusive and welcoming space for humans and other species, in all our diversity. As well as being an organic farm and wildlife sanctuary, the project is also has a ‘Healing Herb Garden’ and ‘Peace Path’ through native woodland. The North Kerry GIY (Grow It Yourself) Group is based in Barna and has over 30 active members who visit each other’s farms/gardens monthly during the growing season. Rena is collaborating with Billy Jo O’Connor from Leagh Farm to host the very successful ‘Ballybunion Community Market’ at Kilcooly’s Country House every Saturday morning in July and August. The Barna Way works with people with disability through the Kerry Social Farming Project and hosted a hugely successful open day with 150 people last year. Lisa and Rena host a number of creative experiences and workshops in conjunction with the MOYA festival including ‘Art in Nature’ ‘Songs for the Spirit’ and ‘Living Lens’. In their respective studios, they create work that reflects their passion for food and their commitment to biodiversity and climate action. Lisa recently published her highly acclaimed new book ‘The Local Food Project’ about the power of eating local food to increase health and wellbeing; reduce plastic and carbon; and support local food producers. The Barna Way (Facebook) Ballybunion Community Market (With Leagh Farm) Kerry Social Farming North Kerry GIY Grow It Yourself 30 Day Local Food Challenge The Local Food Project

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