Host Farm Profiles
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.
Beechlawn Organic Farm
Established in 2002 we started with one acre of veg and in 2015 grew 25 acres with a further 20 in conversion and in green manure. We employ ten full time people, have two tractors, two vans and fifteen or so pieces of farm machinery along with a veg packhouse, two cold rooms and 20,000 square foot o polytunnels. We also have a 11kw wind turbine, a passive farm house with solar panels. We started selling through our box scheme, moved into farmers markets and then gradually into wholesaling mostly. We deliver to 50 or so shops restaurants and supermarkets and deliver 50 veg boxes a week. We supply farmers market traders, restaurants and other food businesses also.
The Horticultural unit is a smallholding of just over 1 Ha with 0.5 Ha under cultivation divided between protected crops and outdoor production. A wide range of crops are grown. Part of the holding is a wildlife area and bees are also kept. Produce is sold at two local markets & a small number of box scheme customers and wholesale outlets. A training room and commercial kitchen have been built on the site and a farm shop is currently under construction.
We are a relatively small farm of 3 acres, 2 years in business and growing and learning rapidly. We grow a wide range of vegetables, keep chickens and have one beehive. Our farm takes a holistic approach to horticulture integrating healthy soils and biodiversity into a commercial enterprise. We believe that healthy soils and eco-systems grow healthy crops that can withstand pests and disease. Currently we are using a tractor and various bits of machinery however plan to switch to minimal-dig methods over the next 2 years. This year we are researching soil micro-biology, compost management and no dig approaches as well as exploring some aspects of biodynamics. We are planning to begin our long term compost plan this year. We are a very family oriented farm, with two young children, wwoofers, part time employees and family popping in and out. WE are still working on farm infrastructure and our third polytunnel has yet to be built and we are finishing the packing shed. We are in organic conversion.
Green Earth Organics
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 wildlife 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 propagation, development and care of our vegetable range especially our protected crops.
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 sucker 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.
Mill House Farm is a 2.74 hectare holding in Williamstown Co Galway. With 3,500 sq metres under polytunnels we specialize in leaf crops, mainly a quality seasonal mixed salad leaf. Our route to market up to 2020 was primarily food service but now includes retail and wholesale. We have a supply of salad crops right through the season.
Moyleabbey Organic Farm
We 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. See Video on home page of website www.moyleabbey.ie. We sell at Carlow Market every Saturday & we have a shop at the farm every Friday.
ROCK FARM, SLANE
Rock Farm is a certified Organic farm under the trading name Conynghams, certified by the Organic Trust, owned by Alexander and Carina Conyngham, situated on the estate of Slane Castle. They started farming at Rockfarm in 2010, we grow organic vegetables and Fruit and have a herd of Dexter Cattle, Tamworth Duroc cross pigs and Organic eggs and Bronze turkeys.
During the start of the covid pandemic with the closure of most our local customer restaurants we relied on online sales and the opening of our farmers market / shop which has gone from strength to strength and has got our name out into the wider community, with the sale of our Dexter beef burgers and pork sausages and our fresh salad and vegetables and other local artisan producers.
We are a small team of workers who work at the farm and the combined ecotourism hospitality glampsite that co exists on the farm, we are all about leave on trace, something we are very passionate about.
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.
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 on protecting our food sovereignty.
Shanbally farm is located near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and it was acquired by the Duggan Family in 2013 with a view to restoring the Georgian House, courtyards, gardens & estate. In total the 200 acre farm is partly certified organic & partly in conversion.
Since 2015 we have been growing, harvesting & processing medicinal plants & herbs for the herbal medicinal market, mainly in Ireland. Our propagation incudes sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting & packing.
Shanbally Farm also grows a range of organic vegetables & supplies its own Café (Steeples, Nenagh) and other culinary outlets. We also grow 50 acres of organic oats. Under the Shanbally brand it is intended to develop education, tourism, café and accommodation for people attending events.
The “Walled Garden” & House and Gardens will open to the public in 2021
The whole farm is 200 acres of which we have 50 acres certified organic – majority of this is in organic oats and about 5 acres in veg. We have 4 polytunnels and 120 apples trees, 90 laying hens and about 3 acres outside veg. Our main point of sale is at the Kilkenny farmers market each Thursday, we also run a veg box scheme and supply an artisan shop and café in Kilkenny city.