Cultivate are an Irish social enterprise that promotes community resilience and practical sustainability. Based in Cloughjordan, their enigmatic co – founder Davie Philip works tirelessly to catalyse the building of more liveable and positive communities. As well as advice to community groups, they run workshops and hold regular educational and information events. Every year, cultivate organises a week long FETAC level 5 permaculture design course at the Cloughjordan Eco Village.
Cultivate reaches out to local community organisations and tries to bring their work closer to everybody. Since 2000 they have run the Convergence Festival 17 times. Convergence is Ireland’s longest running sustainable living festival and is a way to build and encourage sustainability through collaboration of a number of groups and organisations.
Cultivate also heavily promotes green and eco friendly building through its Green Building Programme which is based in Dublin. It strongly promotes and show cases ways in which to reduce energy usage and environmental impact of building. Its annual Better Building Conference is Ireland’s largest property and construction conference and acts as a forum for the industry to access the latest information on new policy, advancements and future building trends.