Chemical free enterprise to host farm stroll this weekend

Farming for Nature (FFN) ambassador Kate Egan will host a day stroll on her 9ac “chemical-free farm” this Saturday (June 4), in Co. Westmeath.

Egan’s farm is devoted to biodiversity and permaculture, and individuals are invited to expertise her farming system for themselves, this weekend at 2:00p.m

The farm is at the moment “on a break from industrial meals manufacturing” Egan stated, nonetheless her produce consists of fruit, greens, geese, geese and hens, all of that are offered at an area market to scale back meals miles and contribute to the native financial system.

The farm additionally performs host to quite a lot of workshops, campers and neighborhood occasions at completely different occasions of the 12 months, with common visits from native schoolchildren. In the meantime, Egan is working in direction of having a local weather resilient farm that includes wildlife as a lot as doable, she stated:

“Our first precedence is providing a sanctuary, offering an oasis for wildlife.”

Since starting to farm in Westmeath, Egan has planted tons of of native bushes and is at the moment engaged on digging a pond. She additionally manages some grassy areas with pollinator pleasant flowers to encourage biodiversity. Elsewhere on web site, woodlands embrace crab apple, wild rose, gorse, wild cherry, honeysuckle and moss.

Farming for Nature Community

FFN ambassadors host common farm walks, with a minimum of one every week, to encourage networking amongst like minded farmers. The walks are open for anybody to attend and goal to facilitate data switch in relation to sustainability and natural farming.

Inside the schedule of occasions, a variety of farming programs might be displayed together with tillage, dairy, forestry, market gardening, excessive nature worth, conservation agriculture and productive smallholding.

After the tour of Egan’s enterprise, the subsequent farm stroll within the schedule will happen on Wednesday, June 8, at Louis McAuley’s 1,700ac tillage farm in Co. Meath.

Costing €10, the walks are a part of a non revenue initiative the place any cash acquired might be circulated again into the farming neighborhood. Tickets for this and upcoming walks may be bought on the Farming for Nature web site.

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