The national Farming For Nature initiative has announced its ten ambassadors for 2019 and is encouraging members of the public to vote for their favourite candidate.
Now in its second year, Farming For Nature aims to source, share and celebrate the stories of farmers across Ireland who manage their land in a way that sustains nature and the farm family.
Nominations are sought annually from a broad panel of environmental experts and through a rigorous system of interviews, farm visits and assessments by a panel of judges, 10 of these farmers are selected as ambassadors.
This year’s ambassadors:
- Joe and Eileen Condon;
- Kate Egan;
- Mark and Alison Hurst;
- Tommy Earley;
- Mervyn Auchmuty;
- Gerard Walshe;
- Thomas and Claire O’ Connor;
- Boyd Bryce;
- Michael Hickey;
- Clive Bright.
One of the volunteers with FFN, Dr. Brendan Dunford of the Burren Programme, said: “The stories told by these ten ambassadors are so educational and inspirational."
"Their knowledge and passion shines through, providing powerful testimony as to how farming and nature can, and must, work in harmony.”
"We hope that these stories – which also demonstrate that simple actions that can make a big difference for the wellbeing of nature and of people - will inspire other farmers to take some small steps to look after their farm’s wildlife.”
Project co-ordinator Brigid Barry added that: “We would really encourage the public to view their stories to get a flavour of what farming for nature is all about, and also to vote for their favourite ‘story’ - they can do so by simply visiting here and choosing the story that resonates most with them.”
“I think every farmer in Ireland will be able to relate to at least one of these farmers and admire what they have managed to do on their farms.”
That's Farming will be posting these videos in the coming days.