Ask the Farmer Sessions

Ask The Farmer Sessions

What:

The ‘Ask the Farmer’ series runs from winter through to the summer where a number of our amazing Ambassadors will be on-line to tell us a little more about their farm and farming system and to answer your questions about farming for nature on a fortnightly basis.

These ‘live’ evening sessions will be every other Tuesday and include a short interview with the featured farmer and then an open Q&A session where you can ‘ask the farmer’ about whatever you would like to know, with a focus on practical management advice. It is a great opportunity to learn from our Ambassadors who work with nature every day on their farms, and also to share your own ideas and experience of ‘Farming for Nature’.

When:

This will be all done online through Zoom which you can access on your smart phone or computer.  These sessions will take place fortnightly on Tuesdays between November and March (excluding the Christmas period) at 8pm and will last up to one hour. All you have to do is register for free on the relevant link below.

Upcoming Q&As:

  • 17th May 2022 8pm Sheep farming in the uplands with biodiversity in mind with Mayo farmer Colm Gavin.
    Register here
    : https://bit.ly/AsktheFarmerCG
    More information on Colm’s Farm here.
  • 31st May 2022 8pm Running a productive 7.5 acre farm alongside nature  with Mayo farmer Aoife O’Reilly.
    Register here
    : https://bit.ly/AsktheFarmerAOR
    More information on Aoife’s Farm here.
  • 14th June 2022 8pm Low input and low impact on a beef farm with Monaghan farmer Pat McKenna.
    Register here:https://bit.ly/AskTheFarmerPMcK
    More information on Pat’s Farm here.
  • 20th June 2022 8pm Developing my farm as a nature reserve  with Wexford farmer Nicholas Redmond.
    Register here
    : https://bit.ly/AsktheFarmerNR
    More information on Nicholas’s Farm here.

Previous Q&A sessions

3rd May 2022 8pm Growing orchards and saving heritage seeds  with Clare farm group Irish Seed Savers.
More information on ISSA’s Farm here.

19th April 2022 8pm Booleying and a sweat lodge – Growing an agritourism business with Leitrim farmer Michael McManus.
More information on Michael’s Farm here.

5th April 2022 8pm Growing open pollinated seeds, beef and trees on a mixed organic farm with Cork farmer Madeline McKeever.
More information on Madeline’s Farm here.

22nd March 2022 8pm Building an organic beef and cereal business alongside nature with Westmeath farmer Pat Lalor.
More information on Pat’s farm here.

8th March 2022 8pm Fruit growing and diversification in business with Kilkenny farmer Rod Calder-Potts.
More information on Rod’s Farm here.

22nd February 2022 8pm Grazing the uplands sustainably with Donegal farmer Henry O Donnell.
More information on Henry’s Farm here.

8th February 2022 8pm Korean Natural Farming on a Dairy Farm with Limerick farmer Thomas Stack.
More information on Thomas’s Farm here.

25th January 2022 8pm Moving from intensive tillage to profitable biological farming with Meath farmer Louis McAuley.
More information on Louis’s Farm here.

11th January 2022 8pm Lowing inputs whilst maintaining production on a dairy farm with Limerick farmer Gearoid Maher.
More information on Gearoid’s Farm here.

14th December 2021 8pm Building short supply chains – direct selling veg in east Galway with Galway farmer Fergal Anderson.
More information on Fergal’s Farm here.

30th November 2021 8pm Grazing high nature value uplands sustainably with Galway farmer Nia O’Malley.
More information on Nia’s Farm here.  Due to technical difficulties this session was not recorded – a great pity as it was a superb session.  However we hope to record a session with Nia through our podcasts in the near future to share her knowledge and expertise.

16th November 2021 8pm Improving soil biology on a tillage farm with Kildare farmer Norman Dunne.
More information on Norman’s Farm here.

1st March 2021 Dairy, poultry and pigs – running a mixed stock farm with Tipperary farmer Mimi Crawford.  
More information on Mimi’s Farm here.

22nd February 2021 Crop diversity and min till with Cork farmer Thomas Fouhy.  
More information on Thomas’s Farm here.

15th February 2021 Running a suckler herd alongside nature with Kildare farmer Stephen Morrison.  
More information on Stephen’s Farm here.

8th February 2021 Organic & biodynamic beef, lamb & veg with Kildare farmer Trevor Harris. 
More information on Trevor’s Farm here.

1st February 2021 Tillage & soil fertility with Kildare farmer Andrew Bergin.  
More information on Andrew’s Farm here.

25th January 2021 Horticulture, beef and soil fertility with Cork farmer Patrick Frankel.  
More information on Patrick’s Farm here.

18th January 2021 Beef, sheep & agroforestry with Cavan farmer Jane Shackleton.  
More information on Jane’s Farm here.

1th January 2021 Mixed regenerative farming – horticulture, poultry & grazing with Clare farmer Fergal Smith.  
More information on Fergal’s Farm here.

14th December 2020 Sheep, bees and woodlands with Tipperary farmer Ailbhe Gerrard.  
More information on Ailbhe’s Farm here.

7th December 2020 Organic dairy farming & building resilience with Laois farmer John McHugh.
More information on John’s Farm here.

30th November 2020 Micro dairying & conservation farming with Mayo farmer Sinead Moran.  
More information on Sinead’s Farm here.

23rd November 2020 Market gardening & nature with Clare farmer Jim Cronin. 
More information on Jim’s Farm here.

3rd August, 2020 Hillfarming & species richness with Sligo farmer Bridget Murphy.
More information on Bridget’s farm can be found here.

 

27th July, 2020 Farming for habitats & species with Cork farmer Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin.
More information on Feargal’s farm and a podcast can be found here.

 

20th July, 2020 Farming with sheep & agritourism with Kilkenny farmer Suzanna Crampton.
More information and a short film on Suzanna’s farm here.

 

 

13th July, 2020 Farming tillage, beef & nature with Mervyn Auchmuty.
More information and a short film on Mervyn’s farm here.

 

6th July 2020 Dairy, Horticulture and Food with Education with Darina Allen.
More information and a short podcast on Darina’s farm here.

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