Castleruddery Organic Farm
Dominic and Hilda began their journey as organic growers at Castleruddery the same year we set off on our journey to write about Ireland’s artisans: 1989. Almost 30 years later, they are still A-Growing, producing organic foods of singular excellence which they sell at their farm shop and at local markets. Their careers as growers are surprising, because whilst Dominic’s father owned the 27 acres of Castleruddery, it had been leased out for decades before this dynamic couple combined their unlikely skills – he thought of being an architect; she studied physics – and went on to create one of the longest-established organic farms in Ireland. But, when you think about it, physics and architecture are foundational skills, and are just what you need to understand, appreciate and reap the produce of intelligent, sustainable farming. “That’s what I get the biggest buzz out of, just the notion that you’re part of the great pleasure people get from cooking and eating,” Dominic has said. It is thanks to Dominic and Hilda, and farms like Castleruddery, that so many people get the chance to discover that “great pleasure.” Who ever imagined that physics and architecture could combine to produce foods so elemental, so utterly delicious.
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