Award-winning Limerick producer New Leaf Urban Farmers has launched Beyond Organic, a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Vegetable Box Scheme – the first of its kind in Ireland.
By definition, Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between a group of people and a farmer. Members receive a share in the CSA when they commit to pay an agreed fee to the farmer for the duration of a season, and in return they get healthy, local food produced in an agroecological way.
New Leaf Urban Farmers’ Founder, Kevin Wallace, is the first known vegetable farmer in Ireland to use Korean Natural Farming methods to grow on a commercial scale. Kevin doesn’t come from a farming background and is completely self-taught.
New Leaf Urban Farmers is now a regular supplier to several Michelin starred restaurants both in Limerick and throughout the country.
Kevin has been forced to completely reconsider his business model following COVID 19 and the subsequent closure of many of the restaurants that New Leaf Urban Farmers had been supplying.
Families and individuals signing up and committing to support the scheme will receive an assortment of restaurant quality groceries that will change each week based on the seasonality of ingredients. These are set to include items such as naturally grown Aztec broccoli, purple cauliflowers, Peruvian chilli peppers, ginger, black garlic, and Roscoff onions, that customers will collect directly from Kevin’s farm in Ballyneety, Co. Limerick for a period of six months, from June to November 2021.
Included in each weekly box will be a selection of Keith Pigott’s (Head Chef at One Pery Square Hotel, Limerick) favourite recipes which will correspond to that week’s haul. Moreover, a series of ‘how to’ videos by Keith and several of Ireland’s finest chefs will also be available to customers that will include not only cooking demos, but also top tips on making the most from your box and to minimise waste.
Kevin Wallace commented: “I’m extremely excited to finally be in a position to bring my knowledge and expertise to local families throughout the county of Limerick. Farming is one of the most noble professions and with it comes a responsibility to produce vegetables that not only look and taste good but are also nutritious and healthy. We have lost our connection to our food sources and I aim to bring that connection back, in some small way, to families right here in Limerick. Korean Natural Farming allows me to bring balance into my soil and help replenish the nutrients lost from producing crops.”
The Beyond Organic vegetable boxes on offer will range in price from €25 – €50 depending on each customer’s individual requirements and the size of their household. In order to sign up to the scheme, customers will be required to pay 50% up front with the remainder to be spread over further payments in June, July and August.
To register an interest, and to sign up, visit https://www.newleafurbanfarmers.com/vegetableboxscheme.