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Andrew and Leonie Workman - Organic Cereals & Milling Flour Farm Walk

17 May 2022
Type Event Proceeding

Event booklet from the Teagasc Organic Cereals & Milling Flour Farm Walk on the farm of Andrew & Leonie Workman, Dunany Flour Organic Farm, Dunany, Togher, Co Louth, which took place on Wednesday, 11th May 2022.

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On Wednesday, 11th May 2022, Organic Cereals & Milling Flour farmers Andrew & Leonie Workman hosted a Teagasc Organic Farm Walk to which anyone with an interest in the organic sector was invited.  

Andrew and Leonie Workman have been farming in Dunany since 1981. For a number of years, they continued farming it as a tillage farm growing a wide range of crops. As the years went by with the increasing input costs of their farming system, the Workman’s felt it was not sustainable and began to look at at other options to improve the overall financial position of the farm. 

After careful consideration and visiting other organic farms, the Workman’s decided to take the organic option. The farm entered organic conversion in 2004, with full organic status for the land and produce being achieved in 2006. In the last thirteen years, there have been many changes made in relation to the crops being sown and the routes to market. Initially grain was grown and sold into the animal feed market. With fluctuating grain prices, they looked at other ways of selling grain. They decided to grow wheat and then rye and spelt for flour. This has now evolved into a family farm business where the Workman’s are growing, milling, packing and distributing their organic wheat, rye and spelt from their farm. Oats is also grown for the organic porridge market.

Topics discussed at the farm walk included:

  • Organic Cereal Enterprise
  • Clover on the Farm
  • Organic Crop Rotation
  • Sources of Organic Manures that are permitted to be imported onto Organic Farms
  • The Story of Dunany Organic Flour

Find all the details in the booklet at the link above.