Located just outside Castlebellingham on Co. Louth at Derrycamma Farm we grow wheat , barley , oats and oilseed rape using eco till techniques. By avoiding annual ploughing, we try to increase the fertility of our land using minimum till techniques and hence cut down on the amount of artificial fertiliser used.
Our wheat ,barley and oats are sold to local merchants for animal feeds in Ireland. After we harvest our own oilseed rape, we press it , filter it and then bottle it as a healthy alternative to olive oil.
Care of the environment is at the core of what farming at Derrycamma is all about. Although not an organic farm, Derrycamma Farm is committed to the principles and guidelines laid down by LEAF, a UK based organisation which aims to promote good environmental practices on all types of farming systems. LEAF is an acronym for Linking the Environment And Farming. Sustainability in our production methods are very important to us.
We believe that farming practices should increase biodiversity, enhance the wildlife habitat and improve the soil structure. It is essential that long term intensive agriculture does not damage the soil or the environment for many obvious reasons including the long term efficient production of food. Unfortunately many modern day farming practices have damaged our environment because they do not take into account the importance of sustainability in the long term.
In order to improve biodiversity we have an area dedicated for wild bird cover as well as forestry. In these areas we see an increased insect population which leads to an increase in the bird population. Our farming practices are aimed at improving the organic matter of the soil and promote an increase in worm population. We believe that by improving our soil structure we reduce the need for artificial fertiliser.