TResearch Autumn 2018
The Future of Food
The Future of Food
Fodder still an issue
Lavenders have everything for the modern garden as an amenity plant. They are evergreen, fast growing, compact and fragrant. The origins of its name are probably from the Latin word Lavare indicating the plant has another use as it means to be washed, and suggests it was regularly used to perfume bathing water.
Beekeeping can be a valuable source of supplementary income in favoured regions in the county. At the present time there are about 2,000 beekeepers in Ireland managing 22,000 colonies of bees. The outlook for beekeeping is good especially with the REPS scheme in operation and a more positive attitude to preserving and retaining natural flora that the honeybee exploits to gather the honey crop.
Presently about 6% of Ireland’s electricity generating capacity is in the form of hydropower. The Ardnacrusha hydroelectric station built in the 1920’s is still the country’s largest renewable energy generating unit.
Farm fresh turkey production refers to the production of turkeys in small units, at a relatively leisurely pace as distinct from the large-scale contract commercial all year round production. Turkey production fits in well on many farms and can substantially augment farm income. Turkeys produced on a farm fresh basis are usually aimed at the Christmas market and are processed and sold by the producer. The starting point is to find the market and gear everything towards it. Turkeys can be grown in as little twelve weeks and for up to twenty-four weeks depending on the requirements at point of sale.
Stone Walls are one of Ireland’s most distinctive landscape features. It is estimated that the Irish countryside is a patchwork of over 250,000 miles of stone wall.
Chutneys and relishes are made from a combination of fruit and vegetables with vinegar, sugar, spices and salt. They are an excellent way of using up a glut of fruit and vegetables, particularly as the flavour improves with storage. They should be left to mature in a cool, dark place for approximately one month before consumption. It should be remembered that chutney and relishes seem to be more highly spiced when first made, and will mellow on storage.
Interest in ostriches, at various times in the past decade, could lead to the belief that ostrich meat might be a feature of supermarket meat counters along with chicken and turkey. The world wide reality is very different.
Floristry is the art in the cultivation of flowers and the making of floral designs. The floristry industry is diverse, challenging and subject to frequent changes of fashion. In recent years, there has been a huge expansion in outlets. Many young, dynamic designers have transformed the image of floristry from the compulsory bunch reluctantly sent and indifferently delivered, to an indispensable fashion accessory service for the home. As well as needing excellent practical skills, today’s florists need to pay close attention to customer service, fashion and satisfaction. Clearly the industry needs a workforce that is dynamic, well trained and adaptable.
Christmas trees, once regarded as by-products of the forestry industry have been produced as a highly specialised crop since the early 1980`s. Good returns in terms of both capital and time are possible. However, such returns can only be achieved through specialised knowledge, high standards of production, access to suitable markets and commitment from the producer.
Llamas are woolly, gentle animals that come from south America and are sometimes described as ‘unusual’ or ‘exotic’ pets. Llamas like Alpacas are types of ‘camelids’.