AN organic farm in Cloghan recently received an award for serving up the tastiest burger at gigs throughout the country by food experts Bridgestone and it will feature in its best of guide.
Husband and wife team Orla and Sean Clancy run Clanwood Organic Farm, which has been organic since 2007. They produce organic, beef, eggs, soup, pesto and hummus. They also have a mobile catering unit that they bring to events such as Electric Picnic and from this unit they produce an organic Offaly burger.
At the end of December 2010, Clanwood Organic Farm near Cloghan was awarded the Megabytes 2010 Award from Bridgestone.
“I was delighted because any bit of publicity is great for business,” enthused Orla. “And it’s a great endorsement for the company as well. We also won a Bridgestone Environmental Award at Electric Picnic for sourcing all our ingredients for the burger from Offaly so 2010 has been our best year ever. We hope to expand on that success and expand on the number of events we go to.”
Clanwood Farm produce the beef for the award winning burger, the baps are baked at Coolfin Gardens Organic Bakery in Banagher, the cheese is from Mossfield Organic Cheese, Clareen (organic producer of the year) and the organic leaves are from Lough Boora Farm.
Orla has been funded through Offaly Local Development Company (OLDC) under the Rural Development Programme for Capital and Marketing supports for her business.
Along with other food producers in the county she was also given the opportunity through OLDC and the County Enterprise Board to have a photo shoot with photographer Jeff Harvey. These photos were then displayed as part of the Rural Enterprise Section at the Tullamore Show last year.
She said, “They (OLDC) have a great support network for start-up food companies. I would absolutely urge anyone thinking of starting their own business to contact OLDC for funding, equipment or advice. They are great and will give any support they can.”
OLDC is a state funded organisation that delivers a range of programmes and supports to people, communities and businesses in Offaly. These programmes aim to make Offaly a better place to live by enhancing community life, combating disadvantage and social exclusion and supporting the development of enterprise in the county.
For further information contact OLDC on 057 93 52467, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oldc.ie