The Cloughjordan Community Farm is a cross-community initiative set up in August 2008. The farm is situated on 12 acres in the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Over 80 members currently subscribe to the farm.
The Farm is based on a model of farming called Community Supported Agriculture and is the first and largest CSA scheme in Ireland.
This year the farm produced a wide range of vegetables – potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, kale, chard, turnips, parsnips, pumpkins, tomatoes, courgettes, grapes, berries and much more. Four polytunnels have been erected to extend the growing season.
The farm grows food following organic principles using no artificial fertilisers or pesticides. Our farmers are working towards developing regenerative farming practices. “Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.” In 2020 the farm began trialing our first no dig beds.
Further information from the farm website here
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
This is a new model of food production and distribution that aims to improve the quality and quantity of food available locally while reducing the environmental impact of producing this food.
A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. A direct relationship is created between farmers and farm members who pay a subscription which guarantees the farmers a wage and the members receive twice weekly deliveries of seasonal vegetables, fruit, or any type of farm produce.