Síolscéalta is a four-part series following the growing year at An Garraí Glas with Aonghus (Chóil Mhaidhc) Ó Coistealbha, a charismatic young man on a mission to grow food sustainably at his homeplace. He is smallholder with a big vision swimming against the tide.Aonghus was born and grew up in Na Creagáin, Connemara. His life’s work is to grow food organically and on a small scale, without chemicals or machinery, for the people of Connemara.
Having spent years abroad working on organic farms in different countries, and studying their methods and permaculture, Aonghus decided it was time to return to his birthplace and create a smallholding there, using all he’d learned alongside the older, traditional methods he grew up with.
" A sanctuary for lovers of local organic food'The acres of land he returned to had not been tended since the nineties. The result is An Garraí Glas, a smallholding run and worked by Aonghus along with a team of Woofers, local volunteers, family and friends. They have created a sanctuary for lovers of local, organic food, and they cater to several local farmers’ markets, grocery shops, and supermarkets.
“A farmers only task is to leave his piece of land better than it was when he started. That's what I want to do.” Aonghus (Johnny Chóil Mhaidhc) Ó Coistealbha.
Intimately observational, honest and revealing, Síolscéalta documents Aonghus' struggle to survive as a smallholder in Connemara in the twenty-first century.
Produced and directed by Paula Kehoe, Saoi Media, for TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority Ireland. Camera: Raja Nundlall, Editor: Julie Flavin, Music: Johnny Óg Connolly.
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