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Brookfield Farm Summer 2018 and Hiveshare Update Newsletter

Brookfield Farm Summer 2018 and Hiveshare Update Newsletter-Brookfield Farm

Brookfield Farm Hiveshare + News Summer 2018 

Welcome to your July Hiveshare newsletter.

Hiveshare 2018 Honey Celebration is nearly with us -Sunday August 19th. We can't wait! Please book here if you would like to come for the day on the farm (free to Hivesharers, but need to book). And there is an additional attraction, a delicious Brookfield lamb bbq on offer too. Click here to let us know your preferences for BBQ on 18th or 19th August. The BBQ has limited numbers and always sells out fast! 

We have interesting bee information and great farm photos and videos on facebook - like our page to see them!

Hiveshare 2018 runs from November 2017, and Hiveshare Cert no. 1279 and higher. Any questions on Hiveshare and how it works? We're delighted to answer, just have a look at our FAQ or email

Hivegifts from Brookfield Farm

Brookfield Farm in the news!

We have had great interest recently in our beekeeping and farming and candlemaking from newspapers and magazines. 

Have a look here at our recent and upcoming coverage:

Film clip made by the Dept of the Taoiseach about rural funding, featuring Ailbhe and Brookfield Farm lovely landscapes. 

Upcoming Morning Ireland interview on the farm - on air Tuesday 24th July.

Asked to present at the Sheep 2018 Farm to Fork at the Teagasc stand - informing the public about agroforestry and beekeeping on the farm.

And the Tipperary Food Producers's  children's book - we are participating with our friends in Tipperary Food Producers to promote a fun book about food that we produced together recently.


The Taste Of Lough Derg food series has two events from Brookfield Farm this summer. We just had a successful and well attended Yoga session led by Yoga in Terryglass on the lakeshore at Brookfield followed by delicious nibbles and elderflower drinks. Upcoming event: 'You CAN eat the view' farm biodiversity walk coming up on 25th August - book here.  

Don't miss our other fun days out on the farm - check out Heritage week late August when we plan a badger watch and stargazing evening!


Mid summer

The summer has been amazing for warmth and sun. This was good initially for flowers and nectar flow, but then the drought dried up lots of flowers. Some beekeepers we've chatted to are happy, apart from wasp attacks on hives. Others felt it was too hot and the lack of rain dried up the nectar flow. We noticed our own bees loving the flower meadows - we sow about 10 acres every spring on the farm.

Mentor beekeepers who work with us also have extra hives and feed into Hiveshare, which is great news.

We haven't harvested honey yet on Brookfield Farm, but we will be getting to that lovely golden sticky treasure in coming weeks.

Your Hiveshare honey we plan to get to you late autumn - we'll be in touch about delivery and collection.

Brookfield Farm in Sunday Independent newspaper

Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship Report

Ailbhe handed in her agricultural research report in November.  She focused on farmers reaching consumers in new and innovative ways, helping to keep farms viable. 

The past 2 years involved a lot of travel and research - travelling with 10 Nuffield Scholars to visit farms and agri-people in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, Netherlands and USA in 2016 and 2017. Ailbhe also undertook individual travel and research to UK and South Korea in 2017. 

It's a great feeling to have the final draft handed in, accepted and published on the Nuffield International website. Here is the link for the report - or search for Ireland reports and 2016.


Harvest time

Early July we finished the barley harvest, the earliest harvest we can remember, delighted to have the grain saved. We baled the straw immediately and sent it on its way.

Emma did a lovely yoga pose on a bale last year, and I thought it should be revisited! 


Yoga on the farm

Pollinator friendly flower meadows 

Goodness, they are colourful! We have about 10 acres of flower meadows sown on the farm to help the bees. All insects like the flowers - Cornflowers, daisies, phacelia, linseed and lots more.

There is a lovely blue and yellow and red show of flowers up on the hill. Cornflower and poppies are dominant in the lower fields and flax flowers have seeded which is really pretty.

These wildflower meadows will stand all winter, giving shelter to wildlife and seeds to feed the birds.  


Brookfield Farm lamb -

We are sold out! Don't despair though, will have a few new store lambs shortly. Order now..and don't miss out. Reserve your tasty and healthy lamb for autumn and winter dinners.

Any questions? 


Ancient candle making technology.

We make our lovely beeswax candles by hand the traditional way.  Melted pure hot beeswax builds up slowly in layers to make our beautiful dinner candles


Handmade pure beeswax candles

We developed a new range in our natural candles - pure beeswax hand poured and hand dipped candles. Really excited to see what you think, do have a look at our new range - they make super gifts!

We love to hear from you!

Do let us know how you are enjoying Hiveshare. And we'd be delighted for contact - emailor phone and we're thrilled to hear from you. 

Brookfield Farm
Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
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