Mimi, alongside husband Owen, farms 28 acres in Cloughjordan, north Tipperary; a farm that has been passed from Owen’s grandfather and mother. Together, they have built Crawford’s Farm out of a desire to live well, eat well, connect with nature, put their ideals into practice, and ultimately to contribute positively to the world of food and farming systems.
Mimi & Owen share a strong belief that small farms play a vital role in carrying on food tradition in Ireland, and that a seasonal, natural, diverse and transparent style of farming not only brings about a lost connection between consumers and food producers, but also returns the flavour and nutrition to the products produced on the farm. Their overall goal at Crawford’s Farm is to produce traditional, wholesome, organic foods that they feel good about feeding to themselves, their families and their neighbours – food that is raised consciously, ethically and according to nature’s brilliant design.
On Crawford’s Farm they are constantly working on diversification rather than specialisation, and a visitor to their farm today could be forgiven for mistaking it for a farmstead from yesteryear. A place where small herds of traditional grazing cattle produce milk that is turned into cream and butter, pigs enjoy home-grown rolled oats soaked in skim milk, poultry roam freely after the cattle herd, the kitchen garden supplies an abundance of fresh veggies, and the farm dogs and cats (attempt to) keep everyone in line.
Our mission is to help demonstrate for other farmers and consumers that integrating humane animal husbandry with environmental stewardship to produce healthy foods is viable & necessary.
EIP Soil Diversity Project
Mimi’s farm at Cloughjordan consists of calcareous deep & well drained mineral soils. By participating in the EIP Soil Diversity Project, Mimi has trialled and documented a range of technical innovations (such as bioNutrient meters) and physical innovations. Mimi works a mixed farm, integrating multiple animal and plant species to feed each other and the soil.
Mimi’s progress through Dr Elaine Ingham’s Launch Your Lab (LYL) educational course and the results of her farm trials have been recorded in her farm report. By the end of the course, Mimi will be trained and certified to look at soil microbes. This will enable her to carry out analysis for not only her own farm, but other individuals, farms and agri-businesses who can benefit from knowing what their soil needs to boost yields.
Mimi’s farm walk took place on the 8th of August, 2022, and focused on her mixed farm of dairy cows, milk and butter production, pigs and broiler chickens. A video summary of Mimi’s farm walk can be viewed below.
You can check out Mimi’s course certificate and find out more about her trial plot, experiment and baseline soil test results in her project report.
The Crawford's Farm Walk
Join Mimi on her farm walk, discussing her mixed farm of dairy cows, milk and butter production, pigs and broiler chickens.
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