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In 2010 Alex & Carina Mount Charles took on a 150 acres of the Slane Castle Estate at the Rock Farm, Fennor, Slane on the South banks of the River Boyne. The estate has been in Alex's family for over 300 years.
The Rock Farm is now an organic farm with a herd of cattle on the majority of pasture and a small holding on the previously redundant Upper Lime Kiln field. The small holding includes a veg patch set in a 3 acre forest garden. Alex and Carina also keep rare breed pigs & chickens and dexter cattle.
Having successful entertained over 100 organic farming volunteers (WWOOFERS www.wwoof.ie) and other guests from around the world for the past 3 years, the Mount Charles's look forward to welcoming families and friends to their luxury eco camp opposite Slane Castle.
Alexander Mount Charles
Alex currently farms 450 acres of tillage and pasture on the Slane Castle estate. On the organic part of the farm he focuses on cattle including rare breed Dexter cattle. The first Dexter herd in Ireland was registered on the estate in the 18th century and may be linked to the medieval tall house Carrick Dexter which is situated on the other side of the river from the Rock Farm glampsite.
Carina Mount Charles
Having completed the John Seymour School of Self-Sufficiency course with Will Sutherland in the Summer of 2008, Carina converted her cottage garden in the village of Slane into a 2 acre small holding with raised beds for vegetables, an orchard and rare breed chickens and Tamworth pigs.
After 3 years of trial and error and a good few organic farming courses, including Patrick Whitefield's Permaculture Design Course, Carina is now transferring her knowledge as small holders to the Rock Farm and have entered into the Organic Farming scheme to rear animals and grow horticultural products.
Carina has worked with troops of Wwoofers (World Wide Organic Volunteers) from all over the world since 2008 and has learnt what independent travellers and eco-tourists need and what's on offer on the Slane Castle estate and around to make for an excellent holiday in County Meath.
Carina is also a qualified Energy Manager and has a Masters of Science in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College London. Carina will be responsible for the eco-building project at the Rock Farm.