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Growing
Innovation
Network

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Farmers working together to drive innovation in agriculture

 
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About the GrowIN pilot

Northern Ireland farmer-led innovation

We are a network of farmers in Northern Ireland who believe that agriculture can lead the way in tackling the food, climate, nature and health crises facing society. We are a farmer-led movement focused on working together, helping each other, sharing stories, ideas and knowledge to drive innovation.

This is a trial run to see if there is an appetite amongst farmers and farming organisations in Northern Ireland to work together in a positive and collaborative way to drive innovation.

 

We are particularly interested in soil health, biological farming systems, carbon, agroforestry, regenerative grazing, sustainable livestock systems and increasing crop and horticultural production.

 

Before farming is forced to change, let's make it a force for change.

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Featured Farmers

The Northern Ireland farmers who are breaking new ground

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Upcoming Events

  • Managing rising costs on beef and sheep farms: Kircubbin
    19 May, 14:00 – 19:00
    Sam Chesney, 49 Inishargy Rd, Kircubbin, Newtownards BT22 2RQ
    With the impact of rising input costs being felt across the industry, CAFRE are hosting several events to consider what can be done on-farm to mitigate rising costs. The events will be hosted at four farms across Northern Ireland in mid-May and are and are open to the farming public.
  • Managing rising costs on beef and sheep farms: Stranocum
    20 May, 14:00 – 19:00
    John McHenry, 34 Knockmore Rd, Stranocum, Ballymoney BT53 8QG
    With the impact of rising input costs being felt across the industry, CAFRE are hosting several events to consider what can be done on-farm to mitigate rising costs. The events will be hosted at four farms across Northern Ireland in mid-May and are and are open to the farming public.
  • Soil Lab with John McCormick of Helen's Bay Organics.
    24 May, 19:00 – 20:00
    Zoom
    Hosted by Belfast Food Network, this will be an open discussion with opportunity to ask questions
  • An introduction to organic farming: Traditional farming with modern technology
    08 Jun, 10:00 – 12:00
    Culmore Organic Farm, Kilrea, Bann Rd, Coleraine BT51 5RY, UK
    Join us for a farm walk and training session with organic farmer David Laughlin at Culmore Organic Farm and the team from the Soil Association.
  • Flax Harvest
    Fri, 12 Aug
    107 Pomeroy Rd
    12 Aug, 10:00
    107 Pomeroy Rd, 107 Pomeroy Rd, Cookstown BT80 9EY, UK
    Join us for our annual flax harvest.