Following a year-long competition and hundreds of entries, Macra na Feirme and Bord Bia named Pat Sheehan from Borris, Co Carlow winner of the #OriginGreen #ItStartsHere photo competition, with his photo entitled: Gold Under Haybarn. Pat takes home a prize of €1,000.
The photograph was chosen from 12 finalists because judges felt it best captured farming sustainability. It illustrated:
• Good grassland management practices produce lush green grass.
• Care of natural environments such as wildlife habitats or promotion of biodiversity.
• The innovation and initiative shown on Irish farms to reduce outputs, ranging from water harvesting to energy-saving measures.
• The spotless hygiene and attention to detail that supports food safety.
• The social fabric of Irish farming, underpinned by family heritage and country living.
Winner Pat Sheehan said: ‘We are ecstatic to win it.” The 17ha farm in Kilcoltrim Borris Co Carlow, consists of a suckler beef and sheep enterprise.
“We have a beautiful view of Mt Leinster, as well as my wife Elizabeth’s old homestead farmhouse and farmyard from our kitchen window. We restored an old granite cow house in 2017 with the aid of The Heritage Council Old Farm Buildings grant and were sitting down to tea admiring the evening sunlight catching the stonework on the building, when a rainbow appeared over the haybarn.
It was just a fleeting moment in time, and a short window of opportunity to get the snapshot and we were lucky to get it.”
The aim of the #Origin Green #ItStartsHere photo competition was to raise awareness about the achievements and beauty of sustainable practices on Irish farms. Every month for 2017 Macra na Feirme and Bord Bia chose a photo that best represented those practices and each of the 12 winners collected a prize of €200.
Teresa Brophy, consumer and trade marketing manager, Bord Bia said: “Pat’s photo demonstrates how farming sustainably protects the family farm and the lifestyle from an economic and social point. It shows how a farm can be embedded in the environment. Across Ireland, farmers are working to improve their sustainability efforts through the Origin Green initiative so we can continue this heritage into the future.”
James Healy, Macra na Feirme president said: “This photo captures how farming evolves over time and despite moving with the times, a farm can still feed into its local environment in a natural way.”