Lighthouse Farm Experience – Illuminating Soil Health and Biodiversity
Talamh Beo is building a network of Lighthouse farms in the 46 water catchment area’s of Ireland. From the 1st 16 farms established through the “Soil Biodiversity & Enhancement EIP project” they are growing a network of local farms (hubs), where on the farm education around soil biodiversity and its effect on water quality are core elements. Cloughjordan Community Farm and Cloncannon Biofarm are two of the latest farms to join the Talamh Beo Lighthouse Farm Network.
Starting with the soil is key, as the diversity of our soils is intricately linked to above ground biodiversity. These Lighthouse Farm experiences will focus on celebrating the diversity of soil and exploring the critical role of soil health in promoting biodiversity, food sovereignty, and climate resilience.
As we take a leisurely walk through the fields and hedgerows, we’ll have the opportunity to learn from farmers and local food practitioners about agroecology and biodiversity. Through facilitated conversations and dialogues, we hope to create a social and celebratory atmosphere that will inspire you to take action to protect and enhance biodiversity on your own farm or in your own community.
Cloughjordan Community Farm
Cloughjordan Community Farm (CCF) is a community-led social enterprise located in Cloughjordan Ecovillage in County Tipperary, Ireland. Its main goal is to ensure food security locally while serving as a model for small-scale community-supported agriculture across Ireland. The farm rents 8 acres of land from the Cloughjordan Ecovillage and employs 2 farmers and hosts and trains 6 young people every year through the European ESC programme. The Farm produces over 50 different types of vegetables and fruits annually for 85 + members. The farm is involved in various educational and outreach activities, including community seed saving and running a weekly cafe and the Tipperary Online Farmers Market from its Food Hub in the WeCreate Workspace.
Cloughjordan Community Farm and Foodhub, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co. Tipperary, E53 VP86