Eco Friendly Services

Forage Wild Food and Herbs on Your Own Land or Garden

Land Foraging Survey Service for Wild Edibles

I’ve been on a quite a few wild food foraging events with a variety of expert foragers both here and in the UK yet I still walk about my large garden and wonder what wild edibles are right under my feet! In fact a circle of mushrooms suddenly appeared a week ago and whilst I was 99% sure they were edible field mushrooms I just wasn’t that 100% that you need to be. 
I do know how to identify a fair few berries and wild salads but I know from my foraging experiences that there is SO MUCH MORE food right there on my doorstep if only I could be sure. So imagine my delight to discover that local forager and herbalist Vivienne Campbell offers a ‘land survey service’ where she will walk your land with you and show you how to identify edible and therapeutic wild foods and flowers growing in your space. 

Did you know that many wild and cultivated plants are edible and therapeutic? Wild plants such as meadowsweet and sorrel make tasty additions to the dinner table as do some cultivated plants such as lavender and roses. Plants are not ornaments! Learn to identify plants that are safe to use at home. Enrich your life, expand your palate, enjoy the process!
Do you have your own garden or land (field, wild space etc.)?
Would you love to be able to use the plants that are on your land but are afraid to because you don’t know which plants are poisonous and which are edible?
Would you love to know what’s growing on your land?
Have a farm? Want to know what is growing there that you can use to improve the health of your animals.  ~ theherbalhub.com/land-survey-service

It sounds like a service I want to try out so I will be booking her for a space in her May-September schedule next year! 
Discover more about Viviennes’ service and sign up for her online foraging courses at theherbalhub.com

Minimising Environmental Impacts at Crann Og Eco Farm

Minimising Environmental Impacts…….how good are we at Crann Og Eco Farm?
We have just calculated our current environmental impacts for our whole Eco Farm. We are 3 households, 1 main house and two upscale recycled mobile homes, with 6 full time residents. We take in an average of 350 guests per year in our two wood cabins, yurt and A-frame cabin and various events. We also give three yoga classes per week almost all year round and operate our workshop equipped with many electrical tools.
According to www.carbonfootprint.com our total carbon footprint is 13.98 tonnes of CO2, or 2.3 tonnes per capita (6 people, not including all our guests!)………the Irish average per capita is 10.4 tonnes. The average for industrialised nations is 11 tonnes per capita. The average worldwide including the poorest nations is 4 tonnes per capita. So per capita, we come in at around half the world average and 22.4% of the Irish average. A fine result indeed!
And how do we fare in other ways?
With the six of us and all our guests we generate just 12 X 120 litre wheelie bins of refuse per year and our electrical charges are a fraction of what you might expect. In the period reported below we used just 3765 kWh (Irish average household uses 5,300kWh per year) at a cost of €1300. Please see the graph below and remember we are 6 people and loads of guests (and that workshop!). The spike from April to June 2014 is when we were doing a lot of metal welding and cutting.
We are really excited about these statistics, it demonstrates to us that our reduce, reuse and recycle methodologies are working very well indeed! How do we do it? Visit our website and check out our Ecotourism Values and Environmental Management pages for the low down!
How do you fare in comparison? All are welcome to visit us at Crann Og Eco Farm to see and learn how simple it is to reduce your own environmental impacts and live a much more sustainable lifestyle……we look forward to meeting you soon!

Open Day At BumbleBee Flower Farm

Open Day 31st of May – Bloom in West Cork!

Those of you not attending Bloom in Dublin this May might be interested in making a weekend of it in beautiful West Cork with a visit to Ruby Hartes’ Organic Flower Farm.
Mags and Stephen are having an Open day on the flower farm where you can see how they grow and cut flowers for events and weddings as well as their new business of growing and providing edible flowers for restaurants nationwide.

Open day Sunday 31st May 2pm – 5pm. €5. In aid of Drimoleague walkways.
This will include musical entertainment and floral demonstrations which will be raffled off for some lucky people to take home with them.

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We’ll be there! 

To Book email rubyharte@eircom.net or call mobile 086-8251380

Forest School Training

Forest School Training Crann Og Eco Farm

There are still free places in the upcoming Forest School Training here at the Crann Og Eco Farm in July!
With the ever-increasing interest in place-based learning as part of the national curriculum in Ireland and the increased understanding of the benefits of nature connection it is the perfect time for training as a Forest School leader.  On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an Open College Network, level 3, Forest School Programme Leadership Qualification with an established organisation.
You can contact Leanne on 0852710443 if you would like any further information.
Or check out this website: http://forestschoolsgalway.wix.com/forest-schools

 Forest School Training Crann Og EcoFarm

Easter Eco Breaks in Leitrim

Leitrim Glens Hill Walking Festival

Stunning views and friendly locals are an integral part of the Annual North Leitrim Glens Hill Walking Festival. Based in Leitrim, a little known gem in Ireland’s North West, this festival guarantees visitors a genuine Irish welcome in some of the most beautiful locations in Ireland. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the festival is sure to delight all who take part.
Easter April 3-6th 2015
The lovely Nuala of Tawnylust Lodge (and Leitrim Landscaping Guided Walks) has a great offer for those looking to make a break of it!
Special walking offer at Tawnylust Lodge Eco Self-Catering >>
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Eco Friendly Flowers Ireland

Eco-friendly Organic Flowers for Weddings

Fresh, Unique, Lush, Abundant, Romantic Wild & Natural are some of the words used to describe the wedding flowers created at Bumblebee Farm in West Cork:

We offer a bespoke service and work together with you to give you exactly the look you want for your wedding flowers – drawing on over 12 years of experience in creating floral displays.
By prior arrangement, we will grow your chosen varieties and will source special flowers for you. Our aim is to ensure you have the ideal seasonal flowers, in full bloom, for your special day.
We believe our flowers are both beautiful and environmentally friendly and all our wedding bouquets are inspired by the flowers that are in season and are tailor made to each brides individual needs also if you book early enough with us we will even grow flowers specifically for your event.
We can transform your venue into the full midsummer’s night dream or simply make the perfect bouquet and everything in between from the ‘Cottage Garden’ style to ‘Vintage’ to ‘Bohemian’ to ‘Contemporary Chic’.
While we offer standard packages we find that our personal bespoke service suits our brides best as individual tastes are unique!

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If your planning your Wedding and are interested in Organic Eco Friendly Wedding Flowers then Contact Mags or Steve By Telephone:
Steve + 353 86 8251380
Mags +353 86 0823318
Bumble Bee Farm +353 28 32892
www.rubyharte.com

Congrats to Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning park

Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning park win Save Our Planet Award

http://www.saveourplanetawards.comClifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning park wins “Save Our Planet Award 2014”, ‘Environmentally Responsible Business’
Kris & Tatjana manage & operate the Clifden EcoBeach Campsite. The ecological Natura Camping is situated on the shores of the beautiful ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ at the estuary of Streamstown Bay. Unique to the park is an ecosystem called ‘Machair’, listed as a priority habitat in Ireland under the EU Habitats Directive.
Todate eight species of bumblebee occupy this Machair habitat, additionally the ecosystem borders the West Connacht SAC. These are marine habitats which are important for Bottlenose Dolphins that frequent these shores. Seven Natura 2000 sites are within a 5 km radius of our campsite with Natura 2000 being a European network of important ecological sites.
They are the first business in Ireland to ban single use plastic water bottles & the first campsite/Caravan park to ban formaldehyde based toilet additives all of which has been a great environmental success.
Kris is so passionate about the environment, banning plastic water bottles from his eco campsite and campaigning for same globally. His campsite is a lesson in natural balance.
Visit their profile here >>
Well Done to everyone involved and to all who voted for them! 

Organic Wedding Flowers

A Midsummer Dream Wedding!

Transform your Wedding day into a midsummer’s night dream or simply make the perfect bouquet and everything in between from the ‘Cottage Garden’ style to ‘Vintage’ to ‘Bohemian’ to ‘Contemporary Chic’ with bespoke organic wedding flowers from Ruby Harte Flowers at Bumblebee Farm, West Cork.

Fresh, Unique, Lush, Abundant, Romantic Wild & Natural are some of the words used to describe the wedding flowers that we have created here at Bumblebee Farm.
We offer a bespoke service and work together with you to give you exactly the look you want for your wedding flowers – drawing on over 12 years of experience in creating floral displays.
By prior arrangement, we will grow your chosen varieties and will source special flowers for you. Our aim is to ensure you have the ideal seasonal flowers, in full bloom, for your special day.
We believe our flowers are both beautiful and environmentally friendly and all our wedding bouquets are inspired by the flowers that are in season and are tailor made to each brides individual needs also if you book early enough with us we will even grow flowers specifically for your event.

Contact Mags or Steve here >>
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Christmas Flower Demonstration Workshops

Christmas Flower Demonstration Workshops

Create the Perfect Organic Christmas Flower Display with Ruby Harte Floral Design, West Cork

Thursday 4th December not only sees our return to Mahon Point Farmers Market but the start of our Christmas Flower  Arrangements Workshops where you will learn tips on the best and longest lasting foliage to use, preparing winter flowers and professional wiring techniques to help ensure the very best for the arrangements you will make and take home with you.
Choose from the following dates:

  • Thursday 4th December 7pm to 9pm cost €35 (2 hour duration)
  • Saturday 6th December 11am to 4pm cost €65 (5 hour duration)

Bookings are now being taken for both workshops.
You can contact us by ringing Steve on 086 8251380, messaging us on Facebook or emailing us – rubyharte@eircom.net
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The Mystery of the Lost Ship

Do you recall my recent visit to Sligo where I met with the wonderful Auriel of Seatrails who took me on a coastal heritage tour of the Strandhill area and where I was so enthralled by her account of the incredible Spanish Armada story of Francisco De Cuellar that I bought a book on him to learn more!
Well last week at the Wexford Biz Expo I met with Christian O’Brien, a Wexford based Cameraman, Editor, Director and Photographer.
We had a great chat about the underwater wrecks in that area and up along the Donegal coastline and he told me of a Docudrama where he was Director of Photograph for ‘Tile Films’. It will be broadcast later this year but meantime here is a taster!
If your interested in getting in contact with Christian you can do so via +353 872317382 or visit his website xlphotoart.com

The Mystery of the Lost Ship/ An Long Chaillte from Tile Films Ltd: