Kildare farm shortlisted for top organic award

Founder of Ballymore Organics thrillled

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Kildare farm shortlisted for top organic award

James Kelly, founder of Ballymore Organics

A Ballymore Eustace farmer has been shortlisted for the National Organic Food Awards 2018.

Bord Bia has today announced that Ballymore Organics from Ballymore Eustace has been shortlisted in the Direct Selling Award category for its Stoneground Wholemeal Flour.  

In total, 20 entries from Irish organic food and drink growers and manufacturers have been shortlisted.

James Kelly, founder of Ballymore Organics said he was “so thrilled to be shortlisted for this award.

“My passion for organic farming started in 2011 when I studied soil science for my masters degree. I realised that if I truly wanted to protect my soil then organic farming was the only way forward. I finally started production with my own mill in 2017 and it’s been a tremendous year. Selling direct to customers gives me a great sense of satisfaction. To win this award would further help my plans to expand beyond flour into other cereal products from harvest 2019."

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Hosted by Bord Bia, in association with the Department of Agriculture and Food,the awards are intended to recognise developments in the sector across key categories as judged by a panel of experts. A new award in 2018 highlights the sustainability achievements and contributions of organic producers to their local communities.

The judging panel for this year’s awards comprises a cross section from food, industry, and media as follows: Evan Doyle, Proprietor, Brooklodge Hotel and Spa, Dr. Oliver Moore, Irish Examiner Journalist and UCC Lecturer; Gillian Nelis, Food Writer, Sunday Business Post; Frank Bardet, Sourcing Director, Biocoop France.

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