Riversfield

Vincent Grace

Riversfield, Callan, Co.Kilkenny

 

Our farm is based outside Callan in Co.Kilkenny. We grow approximately 5 acres of field vegetables. We also have three tunnels which are used for propagation while in the summer we grow tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, french beans and basil indoors and spinach and salad leaves during the winter months. We grow a wide variety of vegetables outdoors. Our main market is a weekly veg box delivery service and we also supply a number of restaurants . Work on the farm is varied and tasks change as the season progresses. We carry out most of our own propagation so work on the farm involves seed sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting  and packing vegetables for sale. Work is carried out with a combination of hand tools and tractor driven machinery.

 

Seedsavers

Jennifer McConnell

Irish Seedsavers Ltd, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare

20 acre organic working farm containing heritage seed gardens and heritage orchards, as well as the country’s Public seed bank. Our work focuses on food conservation of rare and heritage open pollinated vegetable and flower seeds and seven acres of heritage apple trees. We research native and heritage varieties for conservation as well as making them available to the general public through online and instore sales. We have 21 staff focusing on seeds, trees, education, marketing, sales and outreach. This apprenticeship programme will enable us to train more people to connect with our work as well as provide opportunities for organic students to continue protecting our food sovereignty.

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Carrandine, Balla, Co. Mayo

We are a 30 odd acre farm just outside Balla in Co Mayo. We are certified organic for 8 years now and operate a herd of suckler cows as well as our vegetable growing business. We grow just under 1 ha of vegetables in total, split between outdoors and our 5 tunnels. The majority of our produce is sold into the restaurants and cafes of nearby Castlebar, the biggest town in the county, and Westport, a very busy and growing tourist town. We are lucky to have built up a loyal customer base over the years who value our production of healthy, high quality, ingredients that they are proud to advertise on their menus and serve on their plates.

Airfield Estate

Colm O'Driscoll

Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Airfield Estate is a 15.37ha holding situated in Dundrum, South County Dublin. It is currently functioning as a working farm, public garden, ‘farm-to-fork’ restaurant, heritage and educational visitor experience. The Airfield mission statement is ‘to connect people with their food and the land that it comes from’. The area currently in organic conversion is used for growing vegetables, cereals, fruit, cut flowers and herbs. These crops are primarily used for display and educational purposes to demonstrate the variety and quality of crops that can be grown in Ireland using organic methods. Tunnel crops and as much produce as possible from the gardens is supplied directly to the on-site restaurant.

Nurney Farm


Deirdre O'Sullivan & Norman Kenny

Nurney Farm Ltd, Nurney House, Carbury, Co. Kildare

We have been organic farming our 12.5 ha since 1990. We grow a wide range of crops for our market stalls, some wholesaling and supplying other market stalls. The work on the farm involves everything in the production of the crops from sowing the seeds to harvesting and preparing for markets. There will also be an opportunity to work on our stalls and gain valuable market experience. One of us is always at work on the farm and available to demonstrate or ask questions. The area under vegetables is approx. 7.5 ha as we have to follow a 4 year rotation. We also grow our own wheat to feed our 350 laying hens. We use the 1000 m2 of tunnels for cucumbers, tomatoes and salads and also for propagation.  The plan in 2017 is to build a 1500 m2 glasshouse for early and late crop production. Where possible the field work is mechanised as much as possible, although there is still a lot of hand work. 

Moyleabbey Organic Farm

 

Liam Ryan

Moyleabbey Organic Farm, Ballitore, Athy, Co. Kildare

I grow 18 vegetable crops and 3 fruit crops on 5 acres annually. The rest of the land is in a two year green manure ley. There are no farmed animals on the holding.

We take volunteers through WWOOF from February to December.

The farm is managed by myself, with the help of Louise who completed the Internship Programme in 2016, with occasional casual part time employees as well as volunteers who come here through WWOOF.

Our focus here is very much on growing to sell direct with a small amount of wholesaling. We sell at Carlow Farmers Market every Saturday and have a farm shop at the farm every Friday. 

 

Green Earth Organics

 

Declan Doherty

The farm went into organic conversion in 2004 and we currently farm on 25 acres of organically certified land of which 13 to 15 acres is under organic vegetable production any given year while the rest consists of a wild life biodiversity area, native woodland forestry (3000 trees), a native orchard and red clover grassland ley.

There are also 2 dogs, a horse and a pony. The farm was farmed by Kenneth’s father and grandfather before him in the traditional manner although not certified but with minimal artificial inputs. Kenneth brought the farm into certified organic production in 2006 and delivered  the first vegetable boxes from a 1 acre plot in the summer of that year. Since those humble beginnings the home delivery service has grown into one of the biggest organic home delivery schemes in the country delivering direct to homes in Galway, the greater Dublin area, Limerick, Clifden, Westport, Castlebar and more while also selling nationwide using a courier service. The main drivers behind the business success is in the consistent quality of the produce put in our boxes especially from the farm. There is always room for improvement and we would view the right candidate as being a crucial element in increasing and improving the propogation, development and care of our vegetable range especially our protected crops.

 

Beechlawn

Established in 2002 Una & Padraig started with one acre of veg in Ballinasloe and in 2015 grew 25 acres with a further 20 in conversion and in green manure. They employ sixteen full time people, have two tractors, two vans and fifteen or so pieces of farm machinery along with a veg packhouse, two coldrooms and 20,000 square foot of polytunnels. They also have a 11kw wind turbine and a passive farm house with solar panels.

They started selling through a box scheme, moved into farmers markets and then gradually into wholesaling mostly. They deliver to 50 or so shops restaurants and supermarkets and deliver 50 veg boxes a week. They supply farmers market traders, restaurants and other food businesses also. 

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