WATCH: Selling beef and eggs direct to consumers


Mark and Alison Hurst – who are Farming for Nature ambassadors - run the 70-acre Featherfield farm with their farm manager, Julian Laitenberger.

The organic enterprise comprises of Dexter cattle ­– which graze outdoors all-year-round, a small sheep flock and a collection of rare breed poultry; they have egg-laying enterprise on the farm and retail all eggs through an honesty box.

The Co. Kildare-based operation is also home to a small vegetable, fruit growing and beekeeping enterprise.

They sell direct to customer and have an education centre where they hold workshops and courses to encourage others.

Profit-driven

“With farming and nature, I think it is important to strike the right balance. Farming in Ireland is really profit-driven, so if there is no money in something, people aren’t likely to do it.” Julian explained.

“But I think by implementing the simple things, which work hand-in-hand with nature, is really important and I think a lot of farmers can do it without affecting their profitability.”

“We are only visitors on the land, and we want to leave it better than we found it and we are always striving to do that whilst still getting an income.” he concluded.

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