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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.

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

 

Strawbale Building Documentary

Strawbale Building Documentary

We were so excited when Daren Howarth sent us through a copy of his short documentary (shot back in 2013) covering the work of Strawbale expert Bee Rowan during her consultancy here at Rock Farm Slane.

A truly inspiring person we look forward to welcoming Bee back to Rock Farm in 2016 where she will be hosting 2 residential strawbale building courses (April & Sept).  For more details on upcoming courses please register for our newsletter or keep an eye on our Courses page here

Video Credit Daren Howard at 101visions.com

For more details on upcoming courses please register for our newletter or keep an eye on our Courses page here

Clay Plaster Volunteer’s Week: 20-24th April 2015

Clay Plaster Volunteer’s Week: 20-24th April 2015

Clay plastering volunteer’s week at Rock Farm Slane with Jo Forsyth (clay master)

clay plaster at rock farm slane

Natural materials used in our Eco buildings here at Rock Farm Slane

We are blessed to have Jo Forsyth with us on the week of 20th – 24th April. Jo has worked with clay for many years and is a great workshop leader and skilled artist who is passionate and knowledgable about working with clay. We are running a volunteer’s week at our LIVE eco-build at Rock Farm Slane to get the clay plastering done in time to open the building on 29th May!

This volunteer’s opportunity is FREE OF CHARGE to those who will be able to offer us at least 4 days volunteering over the course of the week. Please call us to discuss your availability.

Listen to Jo Forsyth’s Live Interview on Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/permaculturepeople/the-permalogues-jo-forsyth-natural-builder

Who is this course for?

Natural builders and self builders and those interested in working with clay. This is a unique opportunity to work on a live eco-build working with a knowledgable course leader and learning clay plastering skills as you go.

Ecotourism and strawbale building at Rock Farm Slane

Building our Woodburning Pizza Oven at Rock Farm Slane

If you’ve attended our previous STRAWBUILDING courses with StrawBuild, this will be a great addition to your knowledge base of building with straw and clay.

Important stuff:

1) Volunteer Insurance – As a volunteer on our construction project you will need to have your own VOLUNTEER INSURANCE. A basic policy costing €30 is available from OVEUROPA.COM.  Please note that we cannot accept any volunteers without this insurance in place.

Beautiful sunsets in the lower pasture of our campsite

Beautiful sunsets in the lower pasture of our campsite

2) Accommodation – if staying for the full week we would be delighted to offer volunteers accommodation free of charge on our glamping site. You may be sharing (same sex) one of our beautiful yurts or cosy shepherd huts.

Natural building courses at Rock Farm Slane

Natural building courses at Rock Farm Slane

3) Food – please advise by email if you have any dietary requirements.  Catering provided includes – breakfast, lunch and evening meal as well as refreshments such as tea/coffee

4) Volunteering hours – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm with lunch break (1hour) and 2 tea/coffee breaks (20mins)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

 

Natural Building Course – March 2015

There are still a few places left on our 1 day strawbale natural building course here at Rock Farm Slane. Learn how to build your own home or extension using natural materials this March!

Course Participants from the February course

Course Participants from the February course

Natural building courses at Rock Farm Slane

The course led by strawbuild expert Chris Hawker of Strawbuild.org  includes theory as well as hands on experience on our live eco build – The Limehouse which is a 6 bedroom eco guesthouse launching here at Rock Farm Slane in May 2015.

Participants gaining some hands on experience
Participants gaining some hands on experience

HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE:

This is a non residential course taking place for one day on Saturday 21st March. Register on our Eventbrite page to book your place HERE

Busy Bees

Busy Bees

 

A hugely popular course – don’t just take our word for it read previous course participants feedback below:

“If I had to choose one thing to persuade people to come to a straw bale building workshop from Strawbuild, it would be this: that you are guaranteed to be working alongside great people, from varied and interesting backgrounds – you learn as much from talking to people off the job as you do when you’re actually building.”

– Liam McDonagh-Greaves

As you know I was “converted” many years ago but the way you both taught the course was informative and enjoyable, you tackled a complex and extensive subject in a relaxed way and delivered the content professionally and comprehensively. Your willingness to work extended hours and maximize every opportunity that came along was admirable. I really hope to meet you both soon again on a project or course and to learn more of the skills that you so obviously love to share. I will be recommending you, Chris and Strawbuild to anyone who will listen.”

– Keith Daly, 2014

Limehouse eco guesthouse designed by Mesh Architects

The Limehouse Eco Guesthouse – Designed by Mesh Architects, Dublin

 

Limited places for strawbale course – 21st February 2015

Limited places for strawbale course – 21st February 2015

Course participants

Course participants

There are a few places left on our two day strawbale natural building course here on Rock Farm Slane. You can learn how to build your own home or extension using natural materials.

 

Natural building courses at Rock Farm Slane

Natural building courses at Rock Farm Slane

The course led by strawbuild expert Chris Hawker of strawbuild.org includes theory as well as hands on experience on our live build – The Limehouse which is a 6 bedroom eco guesthouse launching here in May 2015.

Limehouse Eco Guesthouse preparing exterior walls

Limehouse Eco Guesthouse preparing exterior walls

This is a non residential course from Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd February. Register on our Eventbrite page to book your place, see link below

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2-day-course-feb-2015-an-introduction-to-strawbale-building-rock-farm-slane-tickets-14973145080?ref=ebapi

 

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Worker inside the Eco Lime House build

 

Natural building courses for 2015

Natural building courses for 2015

We have just announced new natural building course dates for February 2015.

For more details on how to sign up for the strawbale building course please see our EcoBuild Course page or book directly on our eventbrite page here

Making the hazel rods that holds the bales together

Making the hazel rods that holds the bales together

 

Strawbale Building Courses announced for 2015

Strawbale Building Courses announced for 2015

Rock Farm Slane are delighted to announce the next Strawbale Building course will be running in February 2015.

Year round accommodation available in the Boyne Valley

The Limehouse Eco Guesthouse

2 Day Course – An Introduction to Natural Strawbale Building – 21st February 2015

The strawbale project headed up by owner Carina Mount Charles provides participants with expert tuition under the supervision of Chris Hawker of Strawbuild.org.

The 2 day non residential course which includes classroom theory on the technical aspects right through to learning the practical skills required takes place on the live Eco Building project the Limehouse Eco Guesthouse.

For more details on how to book your place please visit our Rock Farm Slane – Courses page here

Course participants

Learn to build your own home

Course participants get to grips with strawbales

Course participants get to grips with strawbales

This weekend saw the first in a series of Strawbale Building courses at Rock Farm Slane.  Hosted by Chris Hawker of Strawbuild.org.

Course participants

Hands-on experience working with straw

Course participants enjoyed 2 days of theory and practical hands on experience.  The live building project enabled course participants to work with straw under the expert eye of Tutor Chris on our new eco build project The Limehouse Eco Guesthouse which is on track for opening in May 2015.

Course paricipants at Rock Farm Slane

Course paricipants at Rock Farm Slane

Natural Building Courses will run through out 2015 here at Rock Farm Slane.  To be added to our mailing list please register on our website for the newsletter or email us info@rockfarmslane.ie

Strawbuild are straw bale builders and educators.
Building a better future bale by bale at www.strawbuild.org

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Strawbale Building Courses at Rock Farm Slane – Dec 2014

Strawbale Building Courses at Rock Farm Slane – Dec 2014

Hands-on Straw Bale Building Courses on Live Eco Build

2 Day Course starts Saturday 6th December 2014 – click here to book

Natural Building Courses available at Rock Farm Slane

Natural Building Courses available at Rock Farm Slane

The straw bale building and natural plastering course will take place on a live building project The Limehouse Eco Guesthouse here at Rock Farm Slane, an organic farm set in the parklands of Slane Castle overlooking the banks of the River Boyne. The hands-on 2 day workshop will focus on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to build their own straw bale homes, offices and small-scale commercial developments.

 Learn how to re size bales as the building blocks to your construction

Learn how to re size bales as the building blocks to your construction
Clay plaster test panels, Rock Farm Slane

Natural materials – Clay and Lime

Theory of the complementary materials including clay plasters and lime renders will also be covered as part of the workshop.

2 Day Course starts Saturday 6th December 2014 – click here to book

Rock Farm Slane is an inspiring and pioneering natural building development project and eco tourism destination. Join us in the evolving the development on site.

Making the hazel rods that holds the bales together

Using the Shave Horse

Get on your horse!

Course Tutor Chris Hawker has been working with Strawbuild.org for the last 4 years with a background in sustainability and environmental construction research.

 

Course Tutor - Chris Hawker

Chris is from Strawbuild.org

Chris has worked with natural materials in Spain, Germany the UK and Ireland and was an integral part of the exisiting 3 strawbale buildings here at Rock Farm Slane – The Farm Office, The Swallow’s Nest and Electrical Plant Room.

 

Hands on experience for all levels

Hands on experience for all levels

As a technical tutor Chris teaches at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology), South Devon College as well as giving strawbale demonstrations at various fairs, exhibtions including Grand Designs, Ecobuild and the GreenCrafts area at Electric Picnic.

 

Limehouse eco guesthouse at Rock Farm Slane

Learn on the Live Eco project – Limehouse eco guesthouse at Rock Farm Slane

Chris is known is know for his delightful ability to teach and inspire various levels from complete beginners to built environment professionals. 

Course Information:

2 Day Course starts Saturday 6th December 2014 – click here to book

Strawbale Building Course: Super-insulating strawbale buildings are not just energy saving and money saving, they are really good fun to build! Anyone can build with straw when shown how. The introductory course led by Chris Hawker will equip you with the information and skills required to build your own home, barn, studio by loadbearing or infill methods – low cost, low environmental footprint and high performance building. You will have the opportunity to see strawbale buildings at various stages of construction in the eco-development.

beautiful sustainable material grown in our own farm used as the building blocks to our strawbale buildings

beautiful sustainable material grown in our own farm used as the building blocks to our strawbale buildings

 

Theory Clay plastering: How to prepare for clay plastering; how to mix, make, test and apply clay plasters. We will work with local clay and learn how we can use this amazing resource in our own homes. A guide to using a mixture of machinery, tools, hands and feet, with theory sessions on the use of clay. Everyone from beginners to professional plasterers welcome. 

Theory – Lime plastering: How to prepare for lime rendering; how to mix, make and apply the different layers of lime, fully supported with the theory of lime, it’s history, and different types of lime appropriate for uses in both strawbale buildings and conventional buildings. We will use a mixture of electric tools and hand tools. Everyone from beginners to professional plasterers welcome.

2 Day Course starts Saturday 6th December 2014 – click here to book

FAQ’s

How to make your booking: Once you have selected the duration of your course select and follow the links through to our PayPal payment options.

What is your Cancellation Policy? We regret that except in cases of illness, we will make the following cancellation charges:

a) more than two weeks before the course – half the fee forfeit.

b) less than two weeks before the course – the full fee forfeit.

The deposit is non refundable in most circumstances. However, the Rock Farm Slane as event operator reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

What time does the course start and finish each day? The courses will run each day from 10.00am to 5pm.  We will break for lunch and refreshments over the course of the day.

 Meal options for Course participants Residents Included in the rate we offer a lunch and refreshments to participants on both days.

I have special dietary requirements – can you accomodate me? Of course, just let us know what your needs are for example: Vegan/Vegetarian etc or indeed if you have any allergies or intollerances.  We want you to be happy and healthy during your time with us!

How do I get to Rock Farm Slane? We are located only 45 minutes drive from Dublin Airport and 1 hour by bus from Dublin city centre. We are 10 minutes walk from the village of Slane.

Driving From Dublin Airport/Ferry Ports: If arriving at the airport/Dublin or Dun Laoghaire ferry ports, take the M1 north out of Dublin and exit at the Slane exit (signposted Navan)

Bus Services from Dublin:

Collins Coaches Timetable – Service from Lower Abbey Street Dublin to Slane

Bus Eireann – #188 Bus Service from Drogheda

Accommodation: Our campsite is fully booked for the month of December but alternative accommodation is available locally please see following links:

Castle View Bed & Breakfasthttp://www.stayinslane.com/

Hostel Accommodation – Slane Farm Hostel