Sustainable organic farm in suburban Celbridge

Nathan Jackson tending to the crops.
CELBRIDGE still has some rural feel to it but it is one of the largest towns in county Kildare.

CELBRIDGE still has some rural feel to it but it is one of the largest towns in county Kildare.

Seen as increasingly urban and dependent on other elements of the economy and society, it is now home to a new attempt to create an organic co-operative farm which promotes sustainability.

Nathan Jackson and a group of others are working to set up a “community supported agriculture” project called Derrybeg Farm and are seeking people who may get involved.

The project, sited on land rented from Kildare County Council at Mooretown, involves initial investment of sums between €300 and €600, providng food boxes for nine months, may suit those interested in good quality food who don’t have the time and space to grown their own. The group has had support from the Salesian ACRE project.

Nathan told the Leader this week that one aim would be to promote food security especially at at time when food prices generally will rise with increase in fuel prices. Their vision is to create over the next five years a co-operatively run farm on ten acres, providing a secure source of food for 50-60 people and employing two farmers and providing others with seasonal work.

Nathan said they have a target of €16,000 for start up costs, and they would be happy to receive donations.

See www.derrybegfarm.ie or contact Nathan on 087-6195518.