OGI Farm Walks Kick Off

The first OGI farm walk of 2013 took place on Eamonn and Geraldine McDonagh’s farm near Kilmaine, Co. Mayo on 17th June.

The McDonaghs run a 30 acre mixed farm carrying a wide range of enterprises and the family is practically self-sufficient in food. They produce about 1 1/2 - 2 acres field vegetables along with a 31 ft x 35 ft tunnel for protected crops. The farm also has 15 ewes, 4 dexter cattle, 1 jersey house cow, pigs and poultry.

This farm has probably the lowest carbon footprint of any in the country. All of the farm work is done with working horses trained by Eamonn. Over the course of years he has brilliantly adapted and designed a wide range of farm machinery to cater for practically every conceivable farm job and he demonstrated the uses to an attentive audience. Later in the evening he gave a demonstration of weed control in his potato crop using his horse and grubber.

OGI Annual Conference, 2013

Ireland could become one of the most productive regions in Europe for fruit and vegetables if climate change models turn out to be accurate, according to experts speaking at the Organic Growers of Ireland (OGI) Annual Conference in Birr, Co. Offaly on 20th February, 2013.

Professor Peter Jones of UCC predicted a 2°C average rise in temperature by 2050 but said the country could remain relatively unaffected by the worst effects of climate change while the rest of Europe could suffer a 15-20% drop in yields. Increased CO2 in the atmosphere could also mean higher crop yields in Ireland, he said. Higher temperatures will lead to changes in traditional crop patterns with grain and forage maize possibly replacing barley and grass while soybeans, sunflowers and even grapevines could become commonly grown crops.

OGI Conference 2013

The Organic Growers of Ireland Conference for 2013 will take place on Wednesday the 20th of February in the County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly.

For full details and to download the programme of events, visit the OGI Conference 2013 event page.

Organic Growers of Ireland Website Launched

Welcome to the Organic Growers of Ireland's new website. The OGI was set up as a voluntary representative group for growers in 2009. Our stated aims are:

  • Supporting effective and dynamic promotion of organic produce.
  • Identifying training needs of Irish growers.
  • Sharing practical and market information and facilitating networking between members.
  • Improving access to technical information on organic horticulture.
  • Encouraging new entrants to organic production.

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