Beechlawn Organic Farm


Membership approved until 1st May 2018

Business Background

Sector
Horticulture

Product Range
Beetroot. Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots – Loose & Bunched, Cabbage – White & Red, Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage Pointed, Celery, Chard – Red, Green & Rainbow, Courgette, Cucumber, Flower Sprouts, Curly Kale, Red Kale, Dark Kale, Leeks. Lettuce, Salad Leaves, Onions – White & Red, Nettles, Parsley, Mint, Thyme & Sage. Salad Potatoes, Potatoes – Early & Main Crop, Rocket, Spinach/Chard, Scallions, Tomatoes – Cherry, Orange & Sun Gold and Turnip

Specialists In
Providing a range of organic vegetables and fruit.

Padraig and Úna met in 1999 while both studying organic horticulture at The Organic College, Dromcollogher. In 2001, they started growing vegetables on Padraig’s parents’ farm. The following year, Beechlawn Organic Farm was established.

The business grew year-on-year, and the couple gradually gave up teaching horticulture to work full-time alongside other staff members, growing and selling organic vegetables.

Starting with a box scheme, the business moved into farmers’ markets. In 2009 it started selling to supermarkets. Over the following years, Beechlawn Organic Farm gradually gave up the markets and now focuses on the ‘veg box’ delivery scheme alongside sales to shops, restaurants, supermarkets and larger wholesalers.

The company grows veg on four sites around Ballinasloe. In addition to its own farm, it rents land in Killure on an organic farm belonging to Breege O’ Brien; Taughmaconnell on Denis Cogavin’s farm; and Moher on an organic conversion, which was ready for crop growing in February 2016.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Raw Material Sourcing

  • Increase the local sourcing of carrots, leeks and cabbage by growing these vegetables on their own farm, and by increasing purchases from Irish suppliers.
  • Implement a supplier questionnaire to assess the environmental activities undertaken by suppliers, and to encourage suppliers to be more environmentally friendly.

Manufacturing Processes

  • Increase use of energy from sustainable sources by 20% by 2021 (from 2016 baseline).
  • Reduce electricity usage per tonne of product produced by a minimum of 15% by 2021 (from 2016 baseline).
  • Reduce total petrol consumption with the purchasing of a hybrid car which will be used for company trips (from 2016 baseline).
  • Maximise the donations to food cloud by implementing better management of the wasted vegetables that are currently diverted to compost.
  • Increase biodiversity on site through introducing bird bat boxes and bee hives, using the guidelines in the pollinator plan from Biodiversity Ireland.

Social Sustainability

  • Increase number of farm tours given by 50% annually by 2021 (from 2016 baseline).

Unique Selling Points

Beechlawn Organic Farm provides a very extensive range of homegrown produced, organic vegetables.

Awards & Accreditations

  • National Organic Awards 2011 / 2014
  • SCCULL Awards
  • IOFGA
  • Bord Bia Quality Assurance

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