Killowen Farm recently became the 84th verified member of Ireland’s Origin Green programme, a sustainability development programme for Irish food, drink and horticulture producers. OG Logo

The Origin Green promise is an unprecedented one. It is the only sustainability programme in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Independently verified, it enables Ireland’s farmers and producers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets – reducing environmental impact, serving local communities more effectively and protecting the extraordinarily rich natural resources that our country enjoys.

Here are just some of undertakings we have as part of our Origin Green charter :

  1. To have our dairy farm certified under the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) in 2015
  2. Reduce our waste going to landfill by 50% by 2018
  3. Reduce our vehicle fuel consumption by 20% by 2018
  4. Reduce heating oil consumption by 15% by 2018

 

As a small family-run, farm-based business, sustainability has always been at the heart of what we do here on the farm, we just didn’t have an official term for it. Now through Origin Green we have a blueprint to clearly communicate how we are producing food in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.

To find out more about the Origin Green programme watch this video here