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Brookfield Farm January 2017 Newsletter

Brookfield Farm January 2017 Newsletter-Brookfield Farm

 Brookfield Farm Hiveshare Greetings

You are very welcome to Brookfield Farm Hiveshare 2017. This is the third year for Hiveshare, already! We are very pleased to have fulfilled all our Hiveshare honey deliveries for the first two years, in difficult circumstances for bees.

So this is your first update on your hive in 2017. Hiveshare 2017 runs from September 2016, and Hiveshare Cert no. 1178 and higher. Any questions on Hiveshare and how it works? We're delighted to answer, just have a look at our FAQ or email

Some lovely media coverage recently featuring Brookfield Farm, this lovely video clip here, and a great article in Clover, the organic farming magazine. Also a feature in Jan/Feb 17 Image Interiors and Living Magazine and some nice mentions in The Irish Times. We are thrilled!


January hive snow shower


Winter care

You might like to know about the hives in winter. The bees in this low season are very different from their summer buzz, they are quietly waiting in their frames for the spring to return. We picked a bright, warm winter day to peek at a few hives to see how they were getting on, and to show you what's happening. January was too cold, so we waited til February! 

Each year we prepare our colonies for winter, a difficult time of the year for bees.

Bees are cold-blooded, so cluster to stay warm. They generate heat by flexing their wing muscles and take turns being on the outside of the ball. The queen is in the middle of the cluster, protected by worker bees surrounding her. She will not leave this cluster for several months.

During the winter the bee cluster will slowly move around the hive and consume their stores. If the bees become disconnected from their food stores they may starve. 

Bees are very good housekeepers and like to keep their hive clean. On warmer winter days when the temperature rises above 14C they will quickly fly out to get water and begin to clean the hive. We've seen pollen carried in by the buzzy ladies!

We can't wait for spring!



A friendly bee

Beeswax candles!

We hand make award winning delicious pure natural beeswax candles on Brookfield Farm too! Available on our website and at selected shops, including So Collective at Kildare Village and Cow's Lane Designer Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin. Newly arrived at YogaDublin too!

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Pop over to our Facebook page for bee photos, seasonal farm updates and interesting news.

Like our page to get these updates. We love to hear from you!

You are invited!

We are planning our (nearly) famous Honey Celebration for a weekend in August 2017 - it's a day on the farm, delicious honey themed food, farm walks, beekeeping and honey talks, and fun kids activities. What date in August suits you best? Let us know and we'll work around your preferences as much as possible!

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What do our customers say?

David: 'Just as an FYI the actual lamb was delicious'

'We got our lovely lamb! Thanks very much!' Anne Louise


'Delicious! Highly recommend it, .... slow roast lamb shoulder with thyme and fennel seeds ... kids demolish all the chops, well worth it.'

Claire, Winner of the Brookfield Farm 'Win a lamb for Christmas' competition:

'Succulent and delicious.. conveniently delivered to the door'


Farm news

Ailbhe is a Nuffield Agricultural Scholar, which funds international travel and agricultural research. It's one of the highest awards for agricultural leaders and a great honour.

Ailbhe is also teaching farm business planning in Gurteen Agricultural College - a new term and enjoying meeting new students!

As part of GLAS environmental scheme, we sow more than 3.5 hectares (around 9 acres) of farmland to wildflower meadows and wild bird cover in the spring. Good for biodiversity, beautiful flowers and great for our bees!

Ailbhe has been awarded a scholarship to Korea in April for an organic agriculture Masterclass. She is delighted!


Not only bees- Lamb too!

Organic grassland with lakeshore herbs is an important part of our farm. We know that grassland is important for biodiversity, wild hares and other animals love our meadows. Also the grassland grows wildflowers for our bees.  And where there is grass, we have a small flock of store lambs. Our sheep have a wonderful life, gambolling on the meadows and playing 'king of the castle' on boulders. 

Our customers tell us that our lamb is absolutely delicious, a cut above supermarket meat.

You can book a half or a whole delicious in conversion to organic lamb. We regularly have lambs ready to go, delivered to your door. In fact, we have 3 that can be delivered next week - hurry and get your order in!

That's winter's dinners sorted!

Any questions? email

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Coolbawn, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
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