Gorse Farm is a market garden, located in Bunclody on the border between the counties of Carlow and Wexford. The garden is run by Jenny Watkins and Janet Power, both Organic enthusiasts with a passion for healthy natural foods. The vegetable garden operates within the Organic standards and received full Organic Certification in February 2018.
The idea for Gorse Farm came about when Jenny and Janet, both graduates of the Organic College in Dromcollogher Co. Limerick, decided to bring their skills together and establish an organic vegetable farm in the sunny south east. The farm is located in a very scenic spot looking out at Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs mountain range. The project began in the winter of 2015/2016 with the planting of more than 400 trees as a shelterbelt. By summer 2016 two 50ft polytunnels were constructed and a few months later Gorse Farm produce was on the shelves in local Supervalu’s in Wexford.
Farmers have long since been seen as custodians of the land but this reputation has sadly been tarnished by widespread use of agrochemicals in the last 50 years. Organic farming on the other hand represents a return to pre-industrial farming values. This ethos is at the core of Gorse Farm as it encompasses a holistic approach to healthy food production, land management and care of the environment.
How We Farm
We are passionate about organics. Organic, or BIO as it is known in other european countries is an internationally recognised standard. All EU growers adhere to the same regulations, which are strenuously upheld by the appointed regulatory bodies providing a consistency that is benefical to both producer and especially consumer.
We have both studied permaculture and hold PDC’s. We apply the permaculture principles throughout our business. Biodynamics is sometyhing we are endeavouring to practice more; we do follow the Maria Thun planting calendar where schedule allows it and believe in this approach.
We are very conscious of our soil and what we need to do to maximise its health. We get regular soil tests in order to understand what areas we need to focus on, such as adding additional boron and organic matter. Our focus in these early years is to increase the organic matter content of the soil which is essential for holding on to water and nutrients. We make use of green manures, undersowing and mulching to avoid bare soil. Our longer term aim is to go completely no-dig which is the least intrusive method of growing vegetables. Finally, soil health is also a princiuple of e of organics.
We dedicate around 25% of our growing area to permanent hedges, trees and wild flwer banks. Prior to starting any cultivation we planted a double row of native trees around the perimeter of the farm. We have since added a living hedge and maintain a perrenial wildflower bank. Becasuse of these measures we have seen a huge increase in bird population as well as a mass of bumble bees atrracted to the wild flowers.
Mixed salad leaves, spinach leaves and kale leaves & garlic
We only sell what we grow ourselves
All of our produce is grown from organically certified seeds and irrigated with our own well water, originating from mountain springs. Eating organically grown food from your local area provides you and your family with the highest nutritional value, and with the best flavour.
We guarantee the freshest produce for our customers and all our bagged greens are given a shelf-life of one week from the time of picking.
Find Our Fair Food
We don’t deliver. We do have an honesty box where we also sell our home reared organic eggs.
We sell through the local supervalus and supply local restaurants with leaves and other seasonal produce.
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