Small Holder Services
Planning and Expert Advice Service to help you grow and make money from your Farm Business
In 2016, the coop established a farm planning service in response to a demand locally. We prepare plans for the following schemes
- Organic farming Scheme (OFS)
- Basic payment Scheme
- Areas of Natural Constraint
- Capital Grants Applications
- Organic Annual Returns
A Specialist Service catering for Smaller Farm Holders
Smallholder farmers constitute a significant portion of the world’s population, with an estimated 450–500 million smallholder farmers worldwide, representing 85% of the world’s farms. We are keen to assist small holders have supports for smallholders
- Farm Assist Applications
- Farm Accounts returns
- Assisting famers will form filing
- Registering stock on line
- Organic Marts Bookings
- Enterprise evaluation plus guidance on training and other supports
- Represented on Couty Leitrim Smallholders Committee
- Represented on Food Artisan Forum at FSAI
Bringing Life to Local Communities
The coop was the primary mover in the establishment of Carrick on Shannon Farmers Market in 2007 which is now one of the most successful markets l in Ireland. We have also provides support to other farmers market and involved in the organisation of local festivals such as Taste of Carrick, Harvest Feast and Roscommon Lamb Festival.
Community Internet Facility available for those in the organic sector and others who need it, i.e. students and the unemployed (for projects and research). This is a low cost service and is based at Leitrim Organic Farmers’ Co-op Enterprise Centre, Hill Road Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim If interested, please contact the office on 071 9640868.
Fostering Education and Training Opportunities
The coop is now facilitating organic groups under the new Knowledge Transfer Programme . We also run farm walks from time to time which are open to both mambers and the public. In addition we use the coop knowledge for educational purposes. In 2014 and 2105 we ran an educational programme around GAS Shale Extraction with post primary schools in conjunction with Leitrim County Council. We have also participated in a number of European projects – LEGOCIE (LEt’s GO Cooking In Europe!) and Arc 2020.
For general farming advice, registration, inspections, grants and schemes there are 4 main bodies to deal with.
Dept. of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture monitors and controls all aspects of animal welfare, animal and plant health, food safety and E.U. regulations.
Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. They provide support, education and training, and manage programmes such as the Agri-Environmental Options Scheme.
Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association
IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association) is Ireland’s leading organic certification body dedicated to certifying organic produce and products throughout Ireland.
The Organic Trust
The Organic Trust was founded in Ireland in 1991 by a core group of dedicated organic producers in Ireland. The Trust was established as a voluntary non-profit making organisation to provide a credible system of organic inspection & certification on which the consumer can depend.
National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS)
National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS) provide high quality, low cost training for the expanding organic sector throughout the Republic of Ireland. NOTS provide a range of courses throughout the country. The NOTS training programme is available to farmers, growers, processors, food businesses, and consultants working in the organic food sector. New entrants and commercial producers interested in developing their enterprise into an organic business are also eligible. In addition to training, they are keen to facilitate organic producers and processors into networks that can address issues and opportunities for the sector. Events such as farm walks and local group meetings are held nationwide