Our Mission – A scalable, regenerative model for the future of animal farming.
We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.” – Wendell Berry
Here at Crawford's Farm we love the natural world and we love the world of food. As Ireland's original commercial, organic micro-dairy, and a very diverse small-scale farm, our mission is to help demonstrate for other farmers and consumers that integrating humane animal husbandry with environmental stewardship to produce healthy foods for our communities is not only a viable, fulfilling possibility, but a necessity.
By utilising natural rhythms, diverse species rotations and symbiotic relationships that best mimic the interconnected model of the natural world, (and by supporting producers who operate holistically) we can all work toward returning the life to the soil, the compassion and conservation to the farming system, the flavour and nutrition to the products that come from the land, and the overall well-being of the people, the animals, the wildlife and the planet.
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Because we are so in intimately connected with the production of animal protein products, we recognise more than anyone that the rise in daily processed meat and dairy consumption and the demand for cheap animal protein has spurred the demise of animal welfare, the decline in human health and the degradation of the natural environment. We would be the first to advocate that the western world in which we reside, should be eating fewer animal products of higher quality.
Grasslands and woodlands evolved with large herds of wild, grazing ruminants, wild boars and many avian species. While reverting all the farmland back to it's wild state would reduce our food security and sovereignty, there is still scope to work within the farming system as it currently exists to try to make it better. When managed appropriately and sized proportionately, high welfare animal farming can pay homage to this wild past while still contributing positively to the food system by utilising domesticated animals to upcycle the energy from the sun that is produced by forages and __________.
As a guiding principle what is best for the environment is best for the animals, and ultimately, what is best for the environment and the animals is best for the farmers and the consumers. If we fully embrace this concept then we start to focus first and foremost on the soils and (quite literally) build our farming systems from the ground up. Our soils are the foundation of the carbon cycle, fertility, economic viability and the nutritients our bodies receives through the food that we eat.