Lackan Cottage Farm

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Lackan Cottage Farm, 79 Lackan Road, Ballyroney, Co.Down. Northern Ireland BT32 5HR
42-48 Crabtree Road BT32 5JB GB

Lackan Cottage Farm

Lackan Cottage Farm is a permaculture smallholding near the beautiful Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. We live as lightly as possible on the land and offer the opportunity for visitors from all over the world to volunteer and learn with us.
We want to demonstrate how a low impact lifestyle can be a practical reality, meeting our own needs for food, energy, waste and water from the land around us. Sharing our experiences with others is important to us, and as well as offering practical courses, we welcome volunteers from all over the world to help with everything from horticulture to green buildings.

As part of a wish to live more simply, reduce our environmental impact, and as a reaction to the threat of a changing climate, and over reliance on fossil fuels,we have settled in Ballyroney, South Down. Here we are establishing a permaculture smallholding using organic principles.

We welcome and are host to volunteers from all over the world, who come to learn more about our way of life, and experience the beauty of Northern Ireland. For most, it is their first experience of our country and we aim to make it a positive one.

Vision
Within five years we aim to substantially meet our energy, food, water and waste requirements from our smallholding, and to provide a healthy and ecologically sound environment in which visitors can learn from our experiences and see how it is possible to live in a more sustainable manner without compromising their standard of living. We will provide opportunities to learn more about vegetable and fruit growing.

We market our self catering cottage alongside short practical courses in a variety of ecological themes, as well as offering an ‘off grid experience’ to those seeking to live more simply, or more self reliantly. Rising food and energy prices, along with recent revelations about the complexity of the modern food chain mean that interest in home food production, and living ‘The Good Life’ are at an all time high. Although we realise that for many people, taking this to the level that we have is not practical, there are many aspects that they will be able to take away and adapt to fit into their lifestyles.