My first #SFP Soil-Food-People meeting initiative. Listen to Ivor Cummins- ‘Chronic Disease Realities’, David Atherton- ‘The Answer Lies in the Soil’, Tara Kelly- ‘We Empower People’, Pat Mulcahy- ‘Nourishing the Mind’, Declan Coyle- ‘Positively Green’.
Liam Byrne recently transitioned to farm water buffalo on his family’s 87-acre holding near Ballygarret, Co. Wexford, with a vision to bring something unique to the Irish market, targeting retail, restaurant and end consumer. Liam outlines how he combines his twin passions of farming and music and how the two together, add balance to his life.
Tommy Heffernan is a veterinary consultant, based in Arklow, Co. Wicklow. He is well- known in farming circles as, ‘Tommy the Vet’ and is a much sought after a keynote speaker and communicator. In addition, he has developed a passion and skill set away from traditional veterinary practice, to work outside of practice. These skillsets and insights have inspired him research how to best to enhance and improve farming systems, along with the development of farm health programs.
After a decade of conservation and restoration dairy farmer, Sean Windsor opened up Wilton Castle as a venue ideal for holidays, weddings and special occasions and is situated on his land at Bree, near Enniscorthy in Co. Wexford. The south wing of the Castle has been lovingly restored, and now attracts an increasing number of overseas visitors.
In this podcast episode, I'm with Declan Coyle who is creator of The Green Platform system. Declan is one of Ireland's most internationally experienced Leadership Training & Development consultants and much in demand as a Conference Keynote speaker.
Just over a decade ago, Greenhill Fruit Farm was established by dairy and fresh fruit farmer, Eamonn Crean in Davidstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The plantations of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries comprising twenty four acres of poly tunnel fruit with a staff of up to 150 during the peak summer season. Eamonn recalls how it all began and shares the challenges and lessons he has learned along the way. He retails to supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and to all major agricultural shows. He also sells directly to consumers across the country via a network of roadside stands – where consumer feedback is the essential food of champions.
In this podcast episode, I speak with Nicholas Dunne from Killowen Farm, Courtnacuddy, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. It's an innovative dairy company that has transformed its traditional farm assets into a successful yogurt plant, selling a range of premium product around the world. In addition, the company is adding a new category of fermented products to their range, introducing a Killowen cream cheese to the market.
In this podcast episode, I speak with Dr. Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health at University College Dublin. Professor Wall qualified in Veterinary Medicine in UCD and in Human Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. In addition, Professor Wall was the first Chief Executive of the Irish Food Safety Authority and the second Chairperson of the European Food Safety Authority, a pan-EU Agency with a remit on food safety for the entire food and feed supply chains.
Wexford strawberries are known the length and breadth of Ireland, but timing and location can prove important factors in deciding where to grow and sell them. Here strawberry grower, Cyril Wheelock from Wheelock Fruit Farm in Co. Wexford tells how has recently diversified his fruit farm into a farm shop and restaurant, providing some insight and background into what is a relatively unique development within Ireland.
Anton Barton is CEO of BioAg Australia who manufacture of bio-stimulants and bio-fertilisers, designed to improve soil health and reduce the dependence on conventional fertiliser and agri-chemical inputs. Anton was born and raised on a large sheep station in Western Queensland and is an agronomist with more than 20 years experience of biological farming systems.