From the moment the dust has settled on the last of the rain in Ireland, the country’s farmers have been scrambling to find ways to turn their plots of land into productive farms for their families.
Farmers have been able to use the land they’ve acquired through the farm-to-table programme to set up small farms to feed their families for the last decade, but with the weather back to normal, they are looking for a new way to turn the land into a farm.
There are some very clear guidelines to follow in order to establish a farm-based system, said John Cushman, who owns the Farm to Table Farm on the outskirts of Dublin.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get it right,” he said.
For starters, he said, the first step is to establish your farm.
It’s important to have a farm certificate.
The Farm to Plant Certificate, which can be purchased for €250, is a certificate that shows you have the right to use a land and that the land is yours to use for farming.
Once you have that, it’s time to get the farm going.
“There’s an important point to make: you can’t just farm your way to independence,” Mr Cushmans said.
Farm to Table is a collaboration between a number of organisations in Ireland.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is responsible for managing the Farm To Plant Certificate program.
The Rural Development Agency (RDA) runs the farm to table program in rural Ireland.
The RDA has a long history of working with farmers, and the agency is proud of its work in the rural economy.
In 2014, RDA received the prestigious Farm to Peat Award, presented by the Rural Development Council of Ireland, which recognises organisations which have made significant contributions to rural development.
Farm To Plant certificates are issued by the RDA, which is the first of its kind in the world.
The certificate is a document that establishes your farm’s identity and is a valuable tool for many farmers who are looking to establish small farms for themselves.
“I’ve had my Farm To Peat certificate for 25 years and I have it to prove I’ve got a farm,” said Michael Loughran, who is from County Meath and is the co-founder of Farm to Potato.
Mr Loughron said that in order for a farm to be considered, it needs to have at least one family member who can work from home.
“It’s not just about the land itself, but it’s about the family working on the land,” he explained.
Farm-to potting, a more recent development, has brought a lot more people into the farming business.
“We’re having a lot better weather now, which means more people can get involved, but also more people are coming in,” Mr Loughrans said.
“It’s great to see more people interested in farming, but what we’re seeing is there’s more demand for farmers.
The biggest thing we need to do is have good planning.
A lot of the planning needs to go into getting a farm up and running.”
We need a good network of people involved in the process, so there’s lots of planning going on, so we’re making good plans, we’re getting the approvals and we’re doing it in a timely manner,” he added.
Mr Lughran said that he has had to invest a lot in his farm, but he’s still not completely happy with the way things are going.”
The plan we have is a lot bigger than what I was expecting.
Mr Lougran said he has made a lot from his farm since it opened last year, and that he would like to grow the farm further. “
My main concern is getting a plan up and going for all these different people to get involved and get on board.”
Mr Lougran said he has made a lot from his farm since it opened last year, and that he would like to grow the farm further.
“I’m just hoping to do a little more on the side.
If I’m going to do more than one farm, it will need to be on my own.”
That’s my main concern.
If we’re going to grow it, we need some investment,” he concluded.