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StrawFest: Sunday 30th September at Rock Farm Slane

StrawFest: A Farm to Fork Festival promoting organic and local produce in conjunction with the Boyne Valley Food Series

We are looking forward to welcoming neighbours, friends and new visitors to Rock Farm Slane this Sunday coming.

At only €5 per car admission, you will be kept busy on the farm meeting our pigs, Dexters cattle, turkeys as well as visiting the veg patch, forest garden and our Glamping and strawbale buildings. We have horse and carriage rides, a strawbale climbing area and fun activities for all the family, as well as a Farmer’s Market in the Hay Barn with music and food on offer. Come try our organic Dexter burgers, pork sausages and our wood-fired pizza.

Doors open at 11am and we will launch our Change X Slane Community Orchard at 11.30am.

Book your ticket now online at: www.strawfest18.eventbrite.ie

Schedule of events

11am         Farmer’s Market with producers from the Slane Food Circle and wider Boyne Valley Flavours network

11am – 4pm Horse & cart rides with Ronan Clarke and his gorgeous draught horses around the farm and Glamping area (€5/adult, €2.50/child) tickets available here

11.30am  Launch of the ChangeX Slane Open Orchard – to sign up for the meet up please click here: Change X Open Orchard Slane project

12pm – 3pm Music from the talented young Mr Christopher McCafferty (on the piano) and local musicians from Slane (on the Hay Barn stage)

12pm to 4.30pm Organic Dexter Burgers, Organic hot dogs and Pizzas from the wood-fired oven 

  • Organic Dexter Burgers in large floury baps with mixed leaves from the organic garden and a range of condiments €8.50 each
  • Organic Pork Sausages as hot dogs with mixed leaves from the organic garden and a range of condiments €6.50 each
  • Wood-fired pizzas with a range of ingredients from our wood-fired clay oven. Choose your own ingredients and wait for a new taste sensation €10/pizza
  • Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and minerals also for sale

12pm – 4pm Glamping tours – Visit our beautiful Glamping area and see what it’s like to stay in one of your yurts or shepherd huts. Check out the views of the infamous Slane Castle amphitheatre which will be hosting another concert in June 2019

Holly Yurt with views of Slane Castle

12pm        Meet and feed the Pigs – meet our outdoor organically reared sows, our Long White boar and their offspring as we explain how we ethically rear our pigs and our markets. We have lots of fallen apples and we’d love some volunteers to help feed them!

Outdoor reared organic pigs

12.30pm  Meet the Dexters – meet our native Irish cattle whose first record was made at Slane Castle in 1840. Learn about their hardy nature and how we keep them outdoors all year round.

Native Dexter cattle

1pm Meet the Turkeys & baby chicks! – come and meet the turkeys in the poultry area by the forest garden where our organic turkeys are reared on a mix of fallen fruit and herbs foraged in the Forest Garden

Organic Turkeys in Forest Garden at Rock Farm Slane

2pm Farm walk with Alex Conyngham (organic farmer and founder of Slane Irish Whiskey) Take a general tour of the organic farm and delve into barley growing for whiskey

                                                                  

3pm Five years on… a talk by Carina Conyngham on the challenges of running an eco-tourism business and how the eco-buildings are fairing after 5 years of wear and tear.

Rock Farm Slane – organic vegetables and farm

4pm Meet the Producers: meet our talented artisan producers like Hilda’s Jams, Boyne Valley Blue Cheese, Cockagee cider, Des Crinion cheese etc. and hear their story. Samples available and Q&A session after each speaker.

Rock Farm Wedding Fair, An Alternative Wedding Venue

Rock Farm Wedding Fair, An Alternative Wedding Venue

We are hosting our wedding fair at Rock Farm Slane on Sunday 26th March. Couples can visit Rock Farm Slane and see what we have to offer for weddings. We have a unique alternative wedding venue which gives couples the opportunity to create their own bespoke wedding. Simply decide on venue setting, menu, theme and size of wedding and we can prepare a costing to suit your budget. We will be showing our new wedding venue the Hay Barn which is currently under development. The Lime House offers a country house venue for up to 80, we can add a marquee to the front area of the house to accommodate larger numbers. A marquee on the glamp site is the perfect area to create a real festival feel wedding. There is lots of choice for accommodation including yurts, shepherd huts, bell tents and the eco guest lodge the Lime House. We can accommodate 80 guests and more numbers can be accommodated if required.

Wedding on The Farm

                       Wedding on the Farm

 

We are situated in the heart of the Boyne Valley and only 40 minutes from Dublin Airport. Slane village has a quaint feel to it and there is plenty of photo opportunities at Rock Farm including the River Boyne, views of Slane Castle, the barley fields and meadows. Rock Farm Slane is an organic farm and we can offer many different catering options with produce from the farm including a pig on the spit. Rock Farm offers an exclusive alternative wedding with lots of options for ceremonies on site including outdoor and indoor so need to worry about the Irish weather. The beauty of a wedding at Rock Farm Slane is you have the exclusive use of the venue for the weekend so you can make the most of your wedding and enjoy two days with family and friends. Enjoy a BBQ or use the clay pizza oven the next day. Why not do some on site activities including tree climbing and kayaking. Rock Farm Slane, an alterative wedding venue where couples create the wedding day they want.

 

Rock Farm Wedding- Barley Fields 2014

        Alternative Wedding Rock Farm

Straw Fest – Sunday 25th September

Straw Fest 2016

A Mini Food & Music Festival at Rock Farm Slane

Straw Fest is an Autumn celebration of artisan and organic food supported by the Boyne Valley Food Series and Slane Food Circle. It is also part of our relatively new tradition of celebrating the bounty around the time of the Autumn Equinox at Rock Farm, in previous years, when we’ve had plenty of produce to share. Harvest festival at Rock Farm is a time of hard work and joy as we reap the rewards of months of careful growing of vegetables and fruit.

We celebrating that joy by sharing produce, song and film together to gather our thoughts and plans for the Winter ahead.

We look forward to sharing that experience with you!

Highlights of Straw Fest (25th September)

 

  • Dancing Freedom – early morning session (10am) with Yoga Sophie for an uplifting open dance shindig in the Hay Barn. Adults and children are all welcome.
  • Songcamp grand finale – midday celebration of 3 days of singing workshops and 3 months of bountiful harvest on the farm. Thanking the land in true harvest festival style.
  • Local food market with produce from Rock Farm(www.rockfarmslane.ie) and the rest of the Slane Food Circle(www.facebook.com/SlaneFoodCircle) and other Boyne Valley Producers.

Please book your ticket via Eventbrite by following this link http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-straw-festival-food-music-at-rock-farm-slane-boyne-valley-food-series-2016-tickets-24807762686?aff=es2

Special Offers for next week at Rock Farm Slane

Special Offers for next week at Rock Farm Slane

Late Deals from Rock Farm Slane

Looking to plan a last minute getaway or book a package with us?  You can save up to 20% on a midweek stay

Check out our Special Offers Page here to book your stay.

Prices start from just €96 for two people sharing one of our luxury yurts for two nights next week

What do we do when we get there?

Apart from all the wonders of the Boyne Valley and the new Ireland’s Ancient East, which are right on our doorstep with Bru Na Boinne (Newgrange) only 6km down the road and easily reachable on one of our electric bikes,  there are also lots of activities on the farm to keep you busy with hiking and farm tours including as part of your stay.

Why not make your stay truly memorable and book in for one of our activities – these include:

Tree Climbing

 

 

 

 

 

Self Guided Electric Bike Tours at Rock Farm Slane

Kayaking & Rafting are also available please see our Activities Page for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rock Farm Slane soon!

 

Farm Fresh Organic Eggs for Sale

Farm Fresh Organic Eggs for Sale

Fresh Organic Eggs for Sale at Rock Farm Slane.

Organic Eggs for Sale – fresh from the Farm

The girls in the hen house have been busy and provided us with a bounty of delicious farm fresh organic eggs which we are selling directly through our Farm Office – Farm Shop.

Our Eggs are priced at €2.50 for half a dozen

If you love your fresh organic eggs then Register to receive our EGG-ALERT.  Simply text your mobile number to +353 87 342 0582 and we’ll add you to our WHATAPP group.  Whenever we have eggs for sale we’ll let you know so you can pop up and buy some.

TEXT EGG ALERT +353 (0) 87 342 0582

Include your name and ‘I love Eggs’ and we’ll add you to our WHATSAPP group.

Producer: Carina Mount Charles/Conyngham Licence No. 1109

Producer: Carina Mount Charles/Conyngham Licence No. 1109

 

 

 

Food Lovers Diary Dates for 2016

Food Lovers Diary Dates for 2016

Rock Farm Slane are delighted to be part of this year’s Boyne Valley Food Series.

We will be hosting 4 events taking place on the Farm between May to September

Rock Farm Slane presents, in association with the Boyne Valley Food Series, Slane Food Circle and Newgrange Gold:

  • Sunday 1st May 2016 – Bealtaine – Rock Farm
  • Saturday 7th May 2016 – Slane Food Circle 25km Electric Bike Tour – Starts from Rock Farm
  • Saturday 6th August 2016 – Ancient Grains Adventure – Starts from Rock Farm with walk and kayak to Newgrange Gold
  • Sunday 25th September 2016 – The Straw Festival – Rock Farm

Bookings will be taken via Eventbrite – please register to our NEWSLETTER for details for the launch of our Food Series ticket sales.

Show casing the best of the Boyne Valley on a plate!

Show casing the best of the Boyne Valley on a plate!

Download your copy of the 2016 Guide here

Join our team

Campsite & Facilities assistant role:

Rock Farm Slane are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, hands-on campsite & facilities assistant that is interested in learning the workings of an ecotourism operation.

Rock Farm Slane management and staff

This position will suit someone who loves the outdoors and has an interest in tourism/hospitality.

This position will be covered by several operators and we will be able to offer flexible hours including weekends.  The weekends are our busiest days of the week especially during the Summer and as such days off during the week are given in lieu of weekend hours.

You will be reporting directly into the Campsite Management team and would be working as part of a fun and motivated team who are passionate about delivering top quality guest experiences.

Duties will include:

  • Preparing firewood in accommodation and for campfires
  • Cleaning and lighting the hot tubs/pizza ovens and tending to the fire
  • Stocking up the firewood around the hot tub/pizza
  • Assisting with setting up and taking down bell tents
  • Waste management – emptying bins and the servicing of compost toilets
  • Assist housekeeping – where required
  • Mowing grass and weeding around the campsite
  • Gardening and composting
  • Assisting in related farm tasks
  • Preparing activities such as electric bikes for guests
  • Guest services – servicing client needs when required

Contract: This position is seasonal from the beginning of April until the end of October. That said, successful candidates may be considered for longer contracts as required by the business.

Salary:  Will be dependent on experience and will be discussed during interview

How to apply: Applications will be only be considered by email and must include a covering letter telling us a little about yourself and why you think you are suitable for the role along with a copy of your current CV. All applicants are asked to include contact details for references.  Please note that only successful candidates will be called for interview.

Housekeeping Roles:

We also have openings for candidates to join our housekeeping/cleaning team – if you are interested in applying please use the email address below sending us a covering letter, references and CV.

Email your application to: info@rockfarmslane.ie

About Rock Farm Slane

Established in 2013 we operate a back to nature eco-tourism holiday and adventure centre on our working organic farm here in Slane, Co Meath.  We employ, full and part time staff as well as seasonal staff to assist us with the smooth operation of the business.

Our accommodation offering includes a glamping site with 5 luxury yurts, 2 shepherd huts, a bell tent village as well as our 6 bedroom eco guest house The Lime House which offers year round facilities to guests looking to stay in the Boyne Valley.

The range of activities and experiences we offer guests as part of their stay include recreational tree climbing, electric bike tours of the region, kayaking, rafting and stand up paddle boarding.

Learn to Build with Straw at Rock Farm

Learn to Build with Straw at Rock Farm

This April see’s the first of 2 residential strawbale buiding courses at Rock Farm Slane. The course offers the perfect opportunity for those looking to set about their own eco build project to learn directly from Strawbuild.org tutors, Bee Rowan and Chris Hawker.

Course Dates:

Sunday 17th April 2016, Rock Farm Slane (residential only)

Sunday 25th September 2016, Rock Farm Slane (residential only)

Read more here

Strawbale Courses

 

GreenLeaders Platinum Level

GreenLeaders Platinum Level

TripAdvisor - Green Leader
We are delighted here at Rock Farm Slane to have successfully achieved Platinum level in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Programme.
 All green practices:
  • General
    • Tracks energy use
      Regularly measures and records energy use (at least 4 times a year)
    • Towel reuse programme
      Programme includes housekeeper training and regular checks
    • Linen reuse programme
      Programme includes housekeeper training and regular checks
    • Recycles waste
      Recycles at least two types of waste, such as paper, glass, plastic and cardboard.
    • Recycling bins in common areas
    • Staff training on green practices
    •  Staff trained at least once a year on implementing the Rock Farm’s green practices
    • Education for guests on green practices
      Guests can learn about the property’s green practices before or during their stay
    • At least 75% of interior lightbulbs are energy-efficient
      Energy efficient lightbulbs include compact fluorescent (CFL), LED, and T5/T8 fluorescent bulbs
  • Energy
    • Efficient laundry dryers
      Energy efficient laundry dryers are used 
    • Energy-saving lighting controls in public areas
      Sensors automatically turn off lights when they’re not needed
    • South facing overhangs keep building cool
      Reduces energy usually needed for air conditioning
    • Tree shading to keep building cool
      Reduces energy usually needed for air conditioning
‘Symphony of the Soil’ screening in Navan

‘Symphony of the Soil’ screening in Navan

Symphony of the Soil

The latest film from Deborah Koons Garcia, SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL, will screen at the Solstice Arts Centre Navan on Thursday 18th February at 8pm. Tickets are €5

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL is a feature length film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth.

The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger.

Symphony of the Soil has enjoyed a wide range of venues from international gatherings such as the World Bank Film Festival in Argentina and the International Convention of Soil Scientists, to local gatherings. It has screened at many conferences, food, farming and film festivals as well as hundreds of community screenings around the world. Irish screenings have taken place in October 2015 at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield in Dublin and Ballymaloe Grainstore. www.symphonyofthesoil.com

The upcoming Navan screening is being organized by Navan GIY(Grow it Yourself) and Lill Coyne of Gardeners Dynamic.

BOOK CINEMA TICKETS HERE

For more details please contact:

Claire Oakes(Navan GIY) 087-6760157 or Lill Coyne (Gardeners Dynamic!) 087-1343063

 

BIOG: Deborah Koons Garcia is best known for her 2004 film, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, which brought the issues of genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of our food supply to the world stage and helped jumpstart the organic/local food movement.