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Farming for Nature

Farming for Nature

Farming for Nature is an independent, not-for-profit initiative which aims to support high nature value farming in Ireland. The Farming for Nature project started with a national award. Bord Bia provided sponsorship of the National Farming for Nature awards 2018.  The main purpose of this award was to unearth and to share the stories of farmers across Ireland who are making a positive difference to nature on their farms and in their communities. They want to show that farmers are a part of nature and not apart from it, and they want to use these positive testimonies to encourage others to follow suit. They want to show that farming for nature can also be agriculturally, economically and socially progressive.

Much of the impetus for Farming for Nature has come from their experience of working with farmers in the Burren region, western Ireland. This convinced them, if given the right financial incentives, technical support and encouragement, of the enthusiasm of many farmers to look after their heritage (the pocket, head and heart as we say). During this time, they also witnessed the power of ‘partnership’ in achieving what are, ultimately, common goals: indeed they are delighted to welcome many of these partners, agricultural and environmental, in supporting this initiative.

The Farming for Nature initiative seeks to acknowledge and support those farmers who farm, or wish to farm, in a way that will improve the natural health of our countryside.

For more information visit https://www.farmingfornature.ie/