Welcome to Talamh Beo

Manna Organic Farm

EIP Soil Biodiversity Project Participant


Thomas O'Connor


Tralee, Co Kerry

Water Catchment Area:

Dingle Bay Laune Maine

Land Use:

Veg, Salads, Fruits, Mushrooms, Poultry, Agroforestry.

Manna Organic Farm

Claire and Thomas O’Connor fell in love with fresh, local and organic produce then set about buying their own their farm in 2007. It is in the Gleann na nGealt valley near Camp, Co. Kerry – a 25 acre smallholding with 4 empty fields and a yard with 3 small leaking outbuildings. After a lot of intensive work they now have the basics of a working mixed farm. All the produce from the farm is sold directly to their own farm shop www.mannaorganicstore.ie in Tralee.

Originally grazing ryegrass the farm is now a multi-environment ecosystem. Their conventional sheep farm converted to a mixed organic holding 15 years ago, with 4 acres of horticulture, 4 acres of agroforestry, 4 acres of permaculture & 13 acres of native Irish woodland.

The farm and store have full organic certification and all the farm waste organic material and that from the farm shop www.mannaorganicstore.ie is recycled as compost or as animal or poultry feed.

Although they weren’t farmers, the minute the O’Connors spotted the 25-acre holding, they knew it was for them. They sold their pub, left their jobs, bought the land and they’ve never looked back.

As they say themselves they have done a lot, but “there’s a lot more to do”!

To hear more about a year on Manna Organic farm, you can watch their video in the Farm Tour blog.

Thomas introduces himself, his farm and his interest in the soil biodiversity project in this short clip.

Thomas introduces himself, his farm and his interest in the soil biodiversity project in this short clip.

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I'm obsessed with mushrooms, seeds and feeding people nutrient dense, local, organic food.

EIP Soil Diversity Project

Thomas’s farm in Tralee consists of marginal land, hilly, soil heavy clay to gravel. Through his participation in the EIP Soil Diversity Project, Thomas has trialled and documented a range of technical innovations  (such as bioNutrient meters) and physical innovations. Thomas is our fungi man – his chosen experiment was to spread inoculated woodchips into his orchard to increase the fungal mass in his soils.

Thomas has progressed through Dr Elaine Ingham’s Launch Your Lab (LYL) educational course and the results of his farm trials have been recorded and are available in his farm reports. At the end of the course, Thomas will be trained and certified to look at soil microbes. This means he can take on the role of “lighthouse farm”, not only carrying out analysis for his own farm, other individuals, farms and agri-businesses, but also passing on his knowledge and experience to anyone can benefit from knowing what their soil needs to boost yields.

Thomas’s farm walk took place on the 17th of August, 2022, and focused on air grafting apple trees and getting fungi into soils. A video summary of Thomas’s farm walk can be viewed below.

You can check out Thomas’ course certificate and find out more about his trial plot, experiment and baseline soil test results in his project report.

Project Report

Farm Walk

Manna Organic Farm Walk

Join Thomas on his Farm Walk through Manna Organic Farm in County Kerry to learn more about air grafting apple trees and introducing fungi into his soils.

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