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Welcome to Harmony Farm’s website,

We live on a 12 acre smallholding in the West of Ireland since 2003.

Our ethos is “farming in harmony with nature” and one of our main aims is to create more wildlife areas and attract as many native species as possible to share the land of which we are custodians, while producing enough nutritious food to feed the family, and to serve to our friends and at our courses. We practice “enlightened agricultural” methods (term coined by Colin Tudge), meaning that we do not use chemicals unless it is absolutely necessary (such as drugs to control liver fluke in our animals). We are in organic conversion since 2015, awaiting certification from the Organic Trust.

When we bought our smallholding in 2003, the seven acres were laid out in one, large improved grassland of about 5 acres, the rest being the house and a chunk of scrub dominated by gorse, willows and bramble. The grassland occupied sloping land of clay soil, with upwelling water in places. It was disappointingly devoid of biodiversity, and it was intensively grazed by cattle.

We started off with planting over a hundred trees (and have done so every year) and fenced the perimeter so that stock from the neighboring holdings could not come and visit so often…

In 2008 we increased the size of our holding, primarily to add some fields which were suitable for hay production (and which were flat enough to be used for putting up jumps for the ponies…), as our original land was too steep for mowing machinery. The additional five acres provided two acres of meadow and another acre of pasture, with a half-acre scrub patch which was cleared, “liberating” some nice birch, alder and ash trees and allowing for planting another 60 young sapling trees. The rest was lovely secondary woodland with fabulous ground flora, used by woodcock, sparrowhawk, badgers, deer, pine martins and other species.

At present we have two ponies, seven Shetland and JacobxShetland ewes and their followers, with Gethin the Shetland Ram, four goats (one Saanen, a British Alpine and her daughter, and a Boer and her daughter) and a motley collection of poultry. We keep pigs for meat during the Summer/Autumn months.

Borcsi and Lindus

These animals help us to maintain a complex ecosystem on the farm, by taking part in a carefully choreographed ballet around the land. Each animal group has it’s own needs which in turn depend on or complement the requirements of others. For example, the sheep or goats will pre-graze the land for the ponies (so that they do not over-eat and get sick), who in turn hoover up the eggs of the internal parasites of the ruminants, cleaning the pastures for them. Grazing animals are also employed to maintain the vegetation under the trees to balance competition between the trees and the under-storey vegetation, and to create a sward suitable for the poultry to feed on afterwards in the orchard. Poultry also follow grazing beasts to “sanitise” the pastures and to fertilize the sward, yet again doing an important job in the complex system.

We run a large vegetable garden, a polytunnel (“Mum’s sanctuary”), a fruit cage and a large but young orchard. We manage part of our woodland to provide enough firewood for our stove, while the older woodland is maintained mainly as a sanctuary.

We run training courses in smallholding and self sufficiency. Bespoke courses, farm visits can be arranged. We have a custom-built classroom, courses are run for small groups in a friendly atmosphere. The courses combine theory and practice, lecture notes are provided. We serve gourmet food, mostly sourced from our farm (breakfast, three course lunch, tea/cake, all refreshments).

Cancer is an illness which affected our family. We added courses on cancer fighting food, to help participants prevent and fight this illness, which touches so many people’s lives, as well as “Lotions and Potions” course on how to make toiletries and household cleaners to eliminate toxic substances from the home.

We love good food and take great pride in producing it, and are passionate in sharing the methods of production and cooking with our family, friends and guests at our courses, aiming to serve gourmet food which is health promoting and environmentally friendly.

We hope you will enjoy browsing our website and maybe we can welcome you to one of our courses sometime.

Best wishes from

Judit, Patrick, Niki, Zoli, Szikra (the dog) and the rest of the extended familyDSCN6697

16 thoughts on “Home

  1. Phil Higgins

    Like what I read about your lifestyle,I have dreamed and more often these days about selling up in Dublin,doing something similiar to your lifestyle, and getting out of rat race,it is a labour of love,but at the moment it a few years down the road,What price are your courses

    1. harmonyfarming

      Hello Phil
      Thank you for your comment, it took us quite a while to sort our lifestyle out, so hopefully it will work out for you too!
      Our courses are 65 euro per person for a one-day course (110 euro for a couple) and 110 euro per person for a 2-day course (200 euro for a couple). All food and lecture notes are included.
      Best regards

  2. Alan and Annette

    Hi Guys we simply like to commend you for your achievements we know its very difficult to start up and get going, we have about 4.5 – 5 acres and a wish to follow in your footsteps not wanting to compete with the business of course simply live the life well done.
    Alan +Annette Co. Mayo hoping to attend your next Sheep management day.

    1. harmonyfarming

      Dear Annette and Alan
      Thank you very much for your kind words, we very much appreciate it! looking forward to welcoming you to Harmony Farm, and good luck with your smallholding!
      With best wishes

  3. Chris Marshall

    We would love to come and have a look around your smallholding as we are in Arigna for the next couple of days- would this be possible

    Chris and Bridie

    1. Post author

      Hi Bridie and Chris,
      Thanks for your interest in our smallholding, please ring us for mutually suitable time, looking forward to welcoming you to Harmony Farm,

  4. Michael O Toole

    Have visited harmony farm many times, going
    There tomorrow with family , grand children
    And friends..
    I d tell anyone, especially if u live in a city
    To visit it..
    Great place to relax, unwind and have a cup Of tea, with all the family
    Great welcome there ..

    1. Post author

      Hi, Mike, it was lovely to see you at our official opening of the new training facility! Thanks for coming, we enjoyed your company as always. Thanks for the kind words, and I hope to see you and yours soon, with a new grandchild in tow! Best regards, and I recommend everyone to try the Atlantic Hogs produce, it is fantastic!

  5. Pat Kelleher

    Hi Judit and Pat,
    Greetings from Glendalough and the Kelleher family who remember you fondly.
    Congratulations on reaching the edge of Nirvana.
    It is great to see the successes of your farm and the courses on offer there look very tempting. I am heading over to Roscommon.
    Best regards,

    1. Post author

      Hiya Pay and Penny,
      How wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words, and you are, as ever, very welcome!
      All the best
      Judit et Co

    1. Post author

      Thanks James, see you then! The goat keeping and dairying course is on the 5th of July, if that suits you. Best regards, Judit

  6. Val

    Hello, I just found your Facebook page. I love the look of your farm and would love to pay a visit one day. Best wishes, Val

    1. Post author

      Hi, Val, thank you for your kind words! You will be very welcome. Kind regards, Judit


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