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Brookfield Farm Autumn 2017 Newsletter

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Brookfield Farm News Autumn 2017  

Welcome to your Brookfield Farm Autumn newsletter. How was your summer? We loved this summer, although it wasn't quite as sunny and leisure filled as we would have liked.

We really enjoyed all our farm open days this summer. We had a lovely sunny day for our Brookfield Farm biodiversity walk and honey tasting July 23rd.

Experience Yoga in Nature was another shiny day, with happy yoga practices by the farm lakeshore.  

Our Hiveshare community visited Brookfield Farm for the 2017 Honey Celebration on August 20th. Happy Hivesharers collected their honey boxes full of Brookfield Farm delicious honey and had a lovely rural day, although it was a little damp. A Hivesharer sent on beautiful photos of the day - thank you Paul! The Honey Celebration day was rounded off nicely with our Organic Lamb BBQ - a veritable feast!

But that wasn't the end of the events, we finished with a Heritage Week event on August 23rd - Badger Watching and Stargazing. Everyone loved this evening - the setting sun and beautiful views over Lough Derg.

We have interesting bee information and great farm photos and videos on Facebook - do like our page for lots of lovely extras, including special draws and competitions for Brookfield Farm followers!

Lamb BBQ at Brookfield Farm

Brookfield Farm up for food awards! 

Did you know that Brookfield Farm raw honey is in the national finals for Blas na hEireann food awards? Very exciting... We will know more on the 30th September, follow us on twitter @farmbrookfield and Facebook

In the news -if you missed our recent coverage:

Sunday Independent June 2017 

Farmers Journal June 2017

Garden Heaven Magazine May 2017

Image Interiors and Living Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

Don't forget our gorgeous video here too!

And more news:

A children's book - we are participating with our friends Fiona Dillon and Tipperary Food Producers to produce a fun book about food.

Fame indeed.

Hiveshare gift

Autumn harvest

Hiveshare news: Hiveshare 2017 runs from September 2016, Hiveshare Cert no. 1178 and higher. Lots of 2017 Hivesharers wrote asking could they meet us and collect the honey. So we are arranging a couple of collection points in Dublin - Blackrock and Rathmines during October and November.  

Meet Ailbhe, pick up your Hiveshare and have a chat about the farm and your honey. 

Let us know if you would like to meet and collect your honey - email us and we'll arrange a suitable collection time and place. Really looking forward to meeting you!

We have now harvested Brookfield Farm honey. We left the bees their share, and we have enough between our harvest and our mentor beekeeper to meet our Hiveshare commitments. Brookfield Farm is now filtering and jarring and packing honey boxes for Hivesharers. A busy, sticky, but very satisfying task.

 There are a few different types of honey, depending on the flowers the bees visited - examples are blackberry and clover, with a contribution from tree blossoms and whitethorn, and some heather and ivy blends. We are allocating where possible different honey types to the Hivesharer allocations, so you can taste the natural differences.  

Do let us know what you think!


Brookfield Farm wildflowers

Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship 

Ailbhe is nearly finished her report, researching farms selling direct to consumers. She will be presenting at the Nuffield Irelandconference October 6th.  

Ailbhe is also teaching Equine and Agricultural students in Gurteen Agricultural College.

Brookfield Farm lamb 

We have our new flock - certified organic lambs. Order now.. only €20 to reserve your tasty and healthy lamb delivered to your door for delicious tasty dinners this autumn and winter.


Lamb deposit

Bees and Wild flower meadows 

We were really pleased with our 11 acres of wildflowers sown on the farm this year.

We are planning to sow again next spring.

Brookfield Farm apiaries are working with our excellent mentor beekeepers to ensure your share of pure raw Irish honey from local hives.

We have just treated our hives, as most Irish beekeepers do this time of the year for the varroa mite - there are lots of opinions about best treatment.

The bees are settled after the summer and are happily collecting nectar and pollen from ivy blossoms right now - a very important source for winter stores.


Competition winner!

Marie from Clare has won a selection of our gorgeous handmade beeswax candles.

She was pulled from a raffle at Bloom - we are delighted Marie. Your prize is on its way to you.

New Brookfield Farm scented beeswax candle in glass
Dinner candles, Award winning



Handmade pure beeswax candles

We love making our natural candles - pure beeswax hand poured and hand dipped candles. Have a look at our range - they make super gifts!

We want to hear from you!

Do let us know how you are enjoying the newsletters and Hiveshare. And we'd be delighted to hear your comments - email or phone and we're thrilled to chat. 

Brookfield Farm
Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
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