Corrigan’s City Farm

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 6 December, 6pm

Shove your feet into a pair of gumboots, grab a trowel and prepare to get muddy! Chef, Richard Corrigan is on a mission. He has enlisted 23 volunteers to become self sufficient and learn how to grow their own produce and rear their own animals. Corrigan wants to spark a food revolution and is championing everyone’s right to an allotment. Richard Corrigan and RTÉ Cork have teamed up with Cork City Council who have provided two brown belt sites right in the heart of Cork city – one located in Blackpool and the other in Mahon. These will become Corrigan’s City Farms. At the Blackpool Farm the series volunteers will concentrate on growing seasonal fruit and vegetables, including strawberries, currants, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and onions. At the Mahon Farm the volunteers will focus on rearing animals including pigs, chickens -both layers (for eggs) and broilers (for the dinner plate) and bees.

Richard Corrigan grew up on a small holding in County Meath, so he’s just the man to help our volunteers take on this amazing and life changing challenge.

FOOD TELEVISION – Mondays from 22 June, 9pm

Join popular chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan as he attempts to bring farm life into the city. He is convinced that it is possible for everyone to have a slice of fresh country life, even in an urban environment. Volunteers based in Cork City are challenged to transform a plot of derelict wasteland into a fully functioning, lush and fertile smallholding. The families learn to keep bees, raise livestock and plant vegetables, all without having any farming experience whatsoever-Can they do it? As well as assisting with the farming, he also puts his culinary expertise to use in cooking what has been cultivated.