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Minister Cuffe welcomes the 2010 Teagasc Organic Farm Walks Programme

Mr Ciarán Cuffe TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today encouraged farmers to attend one or more of the Teagasc Organic Farm Walks which run from June until 15 September.  Minister Cuffe urged farmers to avail of this invaluable opportunity to explore the potential benefits of converting their operations (or part of their operations) to organic production.

Last week, Minister Cuffe attended the Sustainable Foods Summit held in Amsterdam. "The prominence given to sustainable food production and level of interest expressed by international multiples and retailers in organic farming highlights the fact that organic production has a bright future on the global market," the Minister said.  "It was clearly recognised by the wide spectrum of interested parties present that organic production and organic farming have the potential to play a strategic role in the move to sustainable production and consumption."

Minister Cuffe said the Teagasc Farm Walks offer farmers the chance to learn first hand about the practicalities of organic farming.  "Having the opportunity to discuss all related topics with the host farmer, Teagasc experts, Department Officials and representatives from organic certification bodies is a chance not to be missed.  This year, Teagasc have incorporated specific themes into such farm walks, such as composting and clover, which will be of benefit not only to farmers considering the organic option for the first time but also to existing organic farmers. I would encourage more farmers to attend the remaining upcoming organic farm walks."

Cuffe Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam - 16.06.2010
Minister Cuffe at the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam

UPCOMING ORGANIC FARM WALKS

Tuesday,
22 June
2pm 

Noel Lynch,
Ballymakeera,
Macroom,
Co. Cork.

 

Beef, Sheep & Tillage

 
Thursday,
24 June
2pm 
Sean Clancy,
Tonelmore,
Cloghan,
Co. Offaly.
Beef, Poultry, Artisan Food & Direct Marketing
Tuesday,
29 June
2pm
Trevor Harris,
Cooltrim,
Donadea,
Naas,
Co. Kildare.
Tillage, Beef & Sheep

Wednesday,
30 June
2 pm

Danny Kilcullen,
Seaview House,
Enniscrone,
Co. Sligo.

Beef & Tillage
Thursday,
1 July
2 pm

Ian Witherow,
Inch Level,
Speenoge,
Burt,
Co. Donegal.

Dairying

Tuesday,
6 July
2 pm

 
Kearns Organic Growers,
Druminardly,
Ruskey,
Carrick-On -Shannon,
Co. Roscommon.
Vegetables

Wednesday,
7 July
2 pm

Eamonn Holohan,
Barney,
Grogan,
Rathdowney,
Co. Laois.

Beef 
Thursday,
8 July
2 pm
Michael Seymour,
Sheepwalk,
Finnoe Road,
Borrisokane,
Co. Tipperary.
Beef/Sheep Farmers' Market

Tuesday,
13 July
2 pm

Desmond & Olivia Thorpe,
Knockroe House,
New Ross,
Co. Wexford.
Field - scale Vegetables, Tillage & Beef

Wednesday,
14 July
2 pm

 

Pat Lalor,
Ballard Farm,
Kilbeggan,
Co. Westmeath.

 
Beef & Tillage
Thursday,
15 July
2 pm 
Jimmy Barlow,
Glinsk,
Ballymoe,
Co. Galway. 
Poultry, Pigs Sheep & Cattle 
Tuesday,
27 July
2 pm 
John McDonnell,
Shalvanstown,
Slane,
Co. Meath
Beef, Sheep & Tillage 

Thursday,
26 August
2 pm

 
Philip Dreaper,
Coolnagrower,
Fortral,
Birr,
Co. Offaly
Field - scale Vegetables

Tuesday,
31 August
2 pm 

Dominic Leonard,
Castlewood House,
Durrow,
Co. Laois.
Beef, Sheep, Pigs, Tillage & Direct Selling 
Wednesday,
01 September
2 pm 
Fintan Rice,
Everardgrange,
Fethard,
Co. Tipperary.
Dairying & Biodiversity 
Thursday,
02 September
2 pm 

Richard Moeran,
Farrenconnell Estate,
Mountnugent,
Co. Cavan.

 
Beef, Sheep, Pigs & Tillage
Friday, 03
September
2 pm
Peter & Jenny Young,
Castlefarm,
Athy,
Co. Kildare. 
Dairying, Tillage & Farm Shop
Wednesday, 15 September
2 pm
Padraig Fahy & Una Ni Bhroin,
Beechlawn,
Ballinasloe,
Co. Galway.
 

Horticulture Crops & Direct Sales

 

 

Date Released: 16 June 2010