Irish Acres Organic Farm

Traditional, Diversified, Sustainable Farming in Harmony with Nature

Irish Acres is a small, diversified, sustainable farm in Anna, Kentucky, near Bowling Green. While not certified "organic," Irish Acres strives to be chemical-free and use only methods and materials that comport with organic standards. Primarily an apiary, raising treatment-free Italian honey bees, the rest of the farm is devoted to becoming a true pollinators' paradise with perennial wild flowers, clovers, and appropriate grasses, as well as many flowering trees. We do not anticipate having livestock on the farm.

However, Irish Acres will also grow many more fruits and vegetables in the coming years as more fruit trees are set out, garden plots established, a green house built, and a large blueberry patch planted. To prepare the land for organic agriculture, we have completed the first of several cycles of fertilizer application using Thorvin organic kelp fertilizers with the application of mixed cover crops seeds from Midwestern Bio-Ag.  Our goal in doing so is to rebuild the soil's nutrients and humus through the use of "green manure" and compost prepared on the farm.

The apiary uses horizontal Langstroth hives instead of the conventional, square, vertical hives commonly used in beekeeping. These hives, built of untreated cedar and pine, more closely mimic the bees' natural spaces and permits their natural behaviors to flourish. This approach does not seek to maximize honey production at the expense of the bees' health as our goal is first and foremost good colony health. Our approach is strictly natural, with as little "human management" as possible, and we strictly avoid the use of chemicals. When we feed sugar to the bees, it is organic sugar (hence non-GMO) and we use only essential oils in the water to supplement the bees' nutrition during death periods. We will begin to sell honey in 2017 on a small scale and then ramp up to larger production in 2018 with online and Farmer's market sales.

Our goal is to revive this small piece of land in accordance with ecological and land stewardship principles as laid out in the Bible and in accordance with current practices of sustainable, organic, biological farming. Ultimately, we hope the farm will be financially, as well as ecologically, self-sustaining and will contribute in its own small way to a broader understanding of small, sustainable, diversified farming as well as the revival of rural America. Finally, it is our hope that Irish Acres will contribute to making healthy, organic fare available at competitive prices to underserved populations in the Bowling Green area.

For now, though, we are waiting for the kelp, trace minerals, earthworms, microbes, and cover crops to do their magic as they rebuild the soil in preparation for the animals and plants that will be growing there in the coming years. The fruit trees were set out in the fall of 2012 and the bees and livestock will arrive in 2014. We will keep you posted via this website on our progress.

Please feel free to contact us for further updates.
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