A fire broke out at Cloughjordan Community Farm, sitting on the Tipperary Offaly border in the early hours of Wednesday 23rd August 2017 last.
Ireland’s pioneering community support Agricultural project was completely destroyed in the blaze, burning the wooden barn, its contents and the stable to the ground.
The farm, which is part of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage comprises of twelve acres and is believe to be responsible for the production of weekly vegetables year-round for over 70 households in the locality.
Counting the losses
The community, now in devastation are left to count the losses, as horse-drawn trailers, a direct seeder, scuffler, ridger, winnower, corn drills, horse tack and many miscellaneous tools were destroyed.
In terms of animal foodstuff, losses have been significant including €1500 of hay and a tonne and a half of potatoes.
The Facebook page stated that no one was hurt and the horses were grazing outdoors at the time that the incident occurred.
Two guests staying on the farm after completing the ten-day Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course have set up this crowd funder to provide assistance.
A target of €4,000 has been set before 15th September 2017.
The fund will be utilised for hay for the farm’s horses and potatoes for humans, vital tools including seeder, scuffler, ridger and temporary shelter to keep items dry.
If the funding exceeds the €4,000 mark, any over-funding will goes toward the future barn raising.
The construction of a well-structured permanent barn is something that the community have plans for in the future.
So far, 50% of the target fund has been received and further donations can be made here.
See more information on Facebook
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