If you're curious about farming, this is a pod for you! Irish farmers talk about how and why they make space for nature on their land.
(FFN (https://www.farmingfornature.ie) is a not-for-profit initiative set up by scientists & farmers to restore the ecological health of Irish farmland.)
Nicholas Redmond, mixed farmer, Wexford
Nicholas Redmond has a 50-acre farm in Gerry, Wexford. He talks about his diverse beef & sheep farm, which includes species-rich meadows (from which he makes hay), oak woodlands and mixed-species grasslands.
How to attract bat life to a farm
Where you see bats, you'll find insects and bats on a farm are a good sign that nature is being supported. Tommy Early, a beef farmer from Roscommon, explains how he encourages bats to his land in the West of Ireland.
Gearoid Maher, dairy farmer, Limerick
Gearoid is a dairy farmer from Limerick with 197 acres and 80 purebred Friesian cows. He explains how and why he works with nature on his farm. "“The old rule of thumb was a cow to the acre – and that has been my ethos all along. If I can farm a cow to the acre without pressure then that’s what I'll do.”
Working with nature to benefit a microdairy
Sinéad farms 27 acres with her partner Mick. She explains why they decided to set up an organic microdairy, and how it benefits her business, the wild life and the land.
How to Get the Best from Your Hedgerows
Hedgerows are the green veins of our countryside, but poor management can leave them all but lifeless. Tipperary's Sean O'Farrell describes how farmers can ensure their hedgerows pulsate with wildlife, to the benefit of the farm - and the farmer.
Farming at Altitude with Nature
What does it take to farm the uplands in a way that both provides an income and restores nature? Nia O'Malley farms 150 acres in the Slieve Aughty Mountains in Co. Galway, in the west of Ireland. She explains how her beef farming works to support - not diminish - the wild species who make the uplands their home.
Absolutely brilliant podcast!!
The essence of a farm in my ears!
Love listening to this series as it is concise but allows me to travel to each farm and hear their story
Real farmers passionate about nature
A terrific listen please tell your friends!