Environment, Organic food & Health Convention

Hosted by ; The Organic Institute CLG

Some of the community members at Clondarrig Farm are looking forward to attending the Environment, Organic food & Health Convention (<—-tickets available at that link) coming up at The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on November 19th 2019.

The following is a great piece from the institute on the details of the event and the imperative need for community education;

The Organic Institute CLG is an Irish registered charity dedicated to the promotion of sustainable organic nutrition and the understanding of its fundamental role in human health and ecology.

This year’s convention draws together a number of highly regarded speakers, both national and international, each expert in their individual field. The one day event will cover a wide range of compelling topics including:

> The role of food & nutraceuticals in cancer prevention and treatment

> Urgent requirements around creating a sustainable ecological approach to food production

> Primacy of healthy soil & best practice farming in producing healthy crops and healthy populations

> How and why pharmaceutical based medicine is slowly yielding ground to the functional medicine revolution and the nutritional therapy alternative

> Low carb & Keto diets and human health: if not for all, who might be best to consider these and why?

> Mindful medicine: the science behind the mind-body connection

> A review of where we stand in terms of nutritional & ecological welfare, now and next


Prof. Dana Flavin M.D. is a world renowned scientist, researcher and medical doctor. She serves as honorary Professor at De Montfort University where she lectures in the pharmacology of food nutrients and off-label drugs in cancer care. She has been Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Toxicology in the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (F.D.A.). Dr Flavin is a world leading authority on non-drug nutrient based adjunctive therapies in cancer medicine. Dana’s topic is Supplemental Therapy in Cancer, which enhances standard therapies, decreases side effects, increases the immune system, shortens recovery time and prolongs survival.

Dr. Robert Verkerk PhD is an internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary sustainability scientist with a 30-year background in environmental, agricultural, food, nutritional and health sciences. He has a MSc and doctorate from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. Rob is the founder, executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health International, a leading non-profit, research and education organisation seeking to optimise human potential through the use of natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare.

Conor Saunders is one of Ireland’s best known nutritional therapists running busy practices in both Greystones and Galway. His work marries an eclectic interest in all varieties of natural healing together with a solid grounding in science. He specialises in complex, chronic health issues from autism through chronic fatigue and Lyme disease to cancer. Conor also founded and runs a number of healthfood businesses. His talk is “Going Back to Our Roots, How and why nutritional therapy, drawing on the best of medical science and traditional dietary wisdom is fast becoming the new medicine”

David Wilson is a soil scientist and Manager of the Royal Duchy Organic Farms at Highgrove. Prince Charles chose David to manage the process of converting the very substantial Highgrove estates to sustainable, organic agriculture. David will speak on mixed sustainable/organic farming and the links between soil, plant, animal and human health.

Patricia Daly is an experienced and Internationally recognised Nutritional Therapist (BAH Hon, dipNT, mBANT,rCHNC). Patricia has published books, including “The Ketogenic Kitchen” which she co-authored with Irish Chef Domini Kemp, which quickly became a bestseller around the world. Patricia will be speaking on Low Carb Real Food Lifestyles, who should consider them and why they should be personalised.

Dr. Anthony Sharkey is a medical doctor with wide experience and interest in all forms of healing. He has been active in Buddhist, meditation and mindfulness practices in Ireland for decades. He will present on the science behing the mind-body connection and energy medicine.

Gary Healy, Founder and President of The Organic Institute CLG. will be speaking about The Connection Between Environmental Destruction and Human Chronic Disease. He will speak about Industrial Farming Practices which use toxic chemicals like glyphosate,and many other adverse practices in the modern production of our foods

It is imperative that the causations of climate disaster, the degradation of our soils, the toxicity in our food, air, water, and the plastic and toxic pollutions of our oceans is addressed. Otherwise we are leaving a shocking legacy for both our children and our children’s children, and the real possibility that they will be the last line of defence for the survival of humanity and the planet.


Clondarrig Farm is delighted to be assisting N.O.T.S., the National Organic Training Skillnet in hosting renowned ecologist and author of “Silvopasture”, Steve Gabriel for a one day Agroforestry Training Workshop on November 4th in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise with a follow up tour of Clondarrig Farm.

Steve is an ecologist, educator, and forest farmer who has lived most of his life in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His personal mission is to reconnect people of all ages with the natural world and to provide the tools for good management of forests and other landscapes.

Course Content / Topics:

  • The value of agroforestry
  • What are the benefits of trees in an agroforestry situation
  • How to design and plan an agroforestry approach

Species Selection:

  • Defining a Silvopasture
  • General Benefits and Limitations
  • Components of a Silvopasture: Livestock, Trees, Forages
  • Success Stories
  • Questions

Date: Monday November 4th (10.00am – 5.00pm)

Venue: Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois, and Clondarrig Farm (John McHugh), Portlaoise R32 XV97

Cost: €70 (tea / coffee and hot lunch included) for N.O.T.S .members.

Registration for this event and information on N.O.T.S. membership here —-> https://nots.ie/register/3371/

“Fundamentals of Soil” with Dr. Christine Jones (sold out)

At Clondarrig Farm we are delighted to be assisting N.O.T.S. – National Organic Training Skillnet in hosting Dr Christine Jones, who adds a unique, once-off 2-day course to her appearance at the upcoming  BioFarm 2019. The two-day workshop will cover the basics of soil function, including soil carbon dynamics and the links between carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, trace elements, soil structure, and water.

Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally renowned and highly respected groundcover and soils ecologist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management techniques that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.

Christine has organised and participated in workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, Central America, and the USA and has a strong publication and presentation record.

Christine received a Community Fellowship Award from Land and Water Australia in 2001. The LWA Community Fellowship Program provides recognition to individuals with an outstanding track record in mobilising and inspiring the community to better manage their land, water, and vegetation.

Read more about Dr. Jones via her website https://www.amazingcarbon.com/

Autumn Equinox, Forage, Fire Cider and Permaculture Walk

A beautiful Autumnal afternoon learning about more of Nature’s wild food and medicine with hedgewitch Silja after a walk and forage on Clondarrig’s developing “Permaculture “Walk” .

Cob Oven Workshop & Lúnasa Fire with friends of Clondarrig

A wonderful day with the lovely Gerry from Cob on building our new cob oven. We finished our great day off with an impromptu sage stick making session with hedgewitch Silja followed by some storytelling, tunes, a warm fire and toasted marshmallows .

We are very grateful to Kicks media for this gorgeous video created for us which captures some really precious moments spanning three generations of Clondarrig friends. Click on the link to enjoy the video —–>https://youtu.be/HipJQ9cp6Ps

Summer Solstice, Rí-Rá and Revelry at Clondarrig Farm!

The height of the Mighty Oak’s reign on the Celtic Wheel of the Year. Light and Dark, Birth and Death, Growth and Decay – all precious , as we cannot know one without the other .

Bealtaine at Clondarrig

To celebrate the Bealtaine, the beginning of summer and the magic of the May tree (Hawthorn), we had a lovely day among friends learning about ancient myths, fairies and rituals with magical hedgewitch Silja. We hung our clooties on the May Tree and made secret wishes. We made medicine to soothe and heal hearts. We learned new things about old wisdom and shared lots of delicious food and we lit our traditional Bealtaine fire. A beautiful day indeed!