In 2022, Brookfield Farm will play host to Field Exchange, one of 15 projects taking place all around the country that are being funded by the €2 million Creative Climate action fund through Creative Ireland. These projects will work with communities to empower people to make real changes about how they interact with the environment.
The roots of Field Exchange
Ailbhe Gerrard, founder of Brookfield Farm, is a farmer, beekeeper, researcher, and agricultural educator with a drive to bring agriculture back to its sustainable roots. Having studied sustainable development and organic farming in the UK, she made her return home to Ireland, and for eleven years has been developing skills, cultivating new ideas, and fostering collaborations with skilled agriculturalists and consumers from her base on the farm.
An exchange of ideas
Field Exchange is presented by Brookfield Farm in collaboration with artists Deirdre O’Mahony and John Gerrard. The work begins with a public opening on the Summer Solstice, 21st June 2022, and will culminate in a conference and Harvest Feast on 23rd September 2022 – the Autumnal Equinox.
In between, a group of 30 farmers, experts, and artists will assemble at exchange tables led by the National Organic Training Skillnets. The project plans 12 days of exchange tables over 12 weeks. These Field Exchanges will bring together art, food, and agriculture, creating opportunities for artists, farmers, scientists, and experts from relevant fields to congregate and exchange ideas about how to combat climate change, as well as about production and consumption.
Each of the 12 events will support farmers to implement agricultural practices that help combat climate change both in the soil and above it.
Field Exchange will also present two artworks addressing climate change: A newly commissioned sculptural planting entitled ‘Model Plot’, by Deirdre O’Mahony in collaboration with the Irish Loy Association, open to the public for 12 days over 12 weeks, and ‘Corn Work’, by John Gerrard, presented on an LCD screen to the 12 Exchange groups in a barn on the farm.