Dolan’s Social Farm is run by Malachy Dolan and his family.
|Dr. Miriam and Malachy Dolan along with their three children Ben, Saoirse and James operate an organic suckler herd on 50ha in South-West Fermanagh. The farm is in one unit and the farmhouse is adjacent to the farmyard.
The farm has been in the family for over 150 years and the remains of some old houses that belonged to family ancestors are still to be seen.The farm has a very traditional feel as my father removed very few hedges in the 70s and 80s as was the thing to do at the time. The farm also has extensive gardens including Polly-tunnels. We are keen on enhancing bio diversity and habitat enhancement. This year we took part in the ‘one million trees in a day’ project and planted around 500 native hard wood trees and scrubs.
We switched to organic production in 2009 and became fully certified 2 years later.In terms of mechanization we try and do all our own work at hay/silage. The use of contractors is very limited.
The garden and poly-tunnels occupy half an acre next to the farm house. Using the organic manure from the farm we grow a range of vegetables; potatoes, carrots, parsnip, leek, cabbage, sprouts, turnip, beetroot, onion, garlic, spinach, tomatoes and many more.
There is an orchard on one acre in front of the house. The orchard is planted with native breeds of apples from Irish seed savers in Co. Clare. These varieties are in danger of dying out.
No thank you, we would ask that you do not feed the animals.
Please wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing in case of bad weather.