Community Farm Barn Destroyed by Fire
Cloughjordan Barn Raising: Phase One
Cloughjordan Community Farm in County Tipperary, Ireland desperately needs a new barn. In the early hours of the 22nd August 2017 their barn was razed to the ground in a huge fire. The precious wooden barn was completely destroyed along with its contents that make everyday life on this biodynamic & organic farm possible: Horse-drawn trailers, a direct seeder, scuffler, ridger, winnower, corn drills, and horse tack, not to mention €1500 of hay, a tonne and a half of potatoes and lots of miscellaneous tools. We want to help them get back on their feet and replace some of what was lost.
Cloughjordan Community Farm
The community farm is a vital element of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage - a pioneering community aiming to live on the land in a way we'll all need to in the future - gently, productively, inter-dependently, and harmoniously with nature and with others. And that future is closer than we think.
The 12 acre farm produces weekly vegetables year-round for over 70 local households who collect from the Ecovillage. It's a member-owned co-operative employing two farmers, and provides education and experience for dozens of Wwoofers, Erasmus and EVS volunteers every year.
We were lucky to be part of a fantastic Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course at the Ecovillage over the past two weeks. We participated in learning directly on the farm and saw the vital role that it plays in the ecosystem and local economy of Cloughjordan and beyond. Less than 48 hours after the course finished, as we were preparing to volunteer at the farm, we woke to sirens and the sight of charred earth where the barn and its contents had once stood. As we sit and write this plea there is still smoke and steam rising into the air just a couple of hundred metres from our campervan.
We feel compelled to put out this crowdfunder to help the farm meet its short term needs now, and get back some of what it lost. €4000 gets them back on their feet:
- Food for horses (hay) and humans (potatoes)
- Vital tools - seeder, scuffler, ridger etc
- A temporary shelter to keep stuff dry
- Any overfunding goes toward the future barn raising
In the long term, Cloughjordan Community Farm clearly needs to raise a barn - a proper barn - built in line with the values embodied in this Ecovillage - with natural materials, multipurpose, well thought through and designed, community led and inspired. Phase two.
Please give what you can and help this project continue to nourish, inspire and educate.
Jane, Tom and Reuben Baker, and the Cloughjordan Permaculture students. August 2017