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Growing Organics

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Growing Organics is a programme focused on supporting and increasing organic production. The programme, led by Teagasc and supported by DAFM, promotes the adoption of best practice at farm level to increase the future viability and sustainability of the Irish organic sector. 

Organic demonstration farms have been selected throughout the country to illustrate best practice and monitor key financial and environmental metrics. Providing up to date technical advice to organic farmers is a key objective of the National Organic Strategy 2019-2025. The results from the activities on the demonstration farms will be made available to all farmers and researchers to improve the data available on different aspects of organic farming.

These organic demonstration farms will focus on:

  • grassland management
  • livestock nutrition
  • animal health and welfare
  • financial management
  • environmental sustainability
  • crop management

Upcoming Growing Organics Farm Walks

Dairy & Tillage: Bill George, Arles, Co. Laois

Wednesday, 1st May | 11am

Join us at 11am on Wednesday, 1st May for an Organic Dairy & Tillage Farm Walk on the farm of Bill George, Coolanowle Organic Farm, Arles, Co. Laois. Eircode R93 C3K4.

Click here to register for the farm walk!

Bill George is farming Coolanowle Organic Farm in Arles, Co. Laois. This farm began its’ conversion to organic farming in 2001 by Bills father in-law Jimmy Mulhall and has full organic status since 2003. Bill is leasing the farm on a long-term lease since 2016 and the main enterprise on the farm of 118 ha’s is dairying with a mix of tillage crops which are used for growing feed for the dairy herd.

Find out more about the farm here

Previous Growing Organics Farm Walks 

Sheep & Cereals: Jason Stanley, Co. Laois

The first in a series of 'Growing Organics' farm walks took place on the farm of Jason Stanley, Errill, Co. Laois on Friday, 2 June 2023. Jason converted to organic farming in 2011 and full organic status was achieved in May 2013.

Suckler Finishing: Oliver and Anna Dixon, Co. Mayo

The Dixons began looking at organic farming, as an option in 2010. The high costs associated with conventional farming had become prohibitive. After careful consideration, the decision was made to take the organic option. In 2010, the farm entered conversion to organic production and full organic status was achieved in May 2012.

Suckler Beef: Thomas and Noreen Kavanagh, Co. Kerry

Thomas and Noreen Kavanagh joined the Growing Organics Monitor Farm Programme in 2023. The farm has recently converted from store beef production to a suckling system. The Kavanaghs both feel that this system can work well within the organic system, using grass and the excellent housing present to drive a high level of sustainable production.

Sucklers: Eanna Canavan, Doolin, Co. Clare

Eanna farms 41 ha of grassland and 4.73ha of forestry. Eanna has been farming organically since entering conversion in 2018. On the farm there is a suckler enterprise of 15 spring calving suckler cows. The
majority of the weanlings are sold in the autumn, with a few of the best heifers kept as replacements.

A 'Growing Organics'  farm walk was held on his farm on Thursday October 19th 2023. The booklet from the farm walk is available to download below.