James Foley grew up in a farming family just outside Dungarvan. On leaving school, he got a degree in agricultural science at UCD, graduated in 2000. In that same year, the farm in Coolydoody was bought.
It is now his home place where it is predominantly a dairy farm with 200 cows milking and grazing presently with crops being grown for winter feeding. In the last few years. a change has been taking place in the management towards a regenerative farming approach which has included seeding down mixed species swards with grasses, legumes and herbs to cut down on bought fertiliser and provide the cows with a more natural diet. This approach also benefits biodiversity.
In the same period, James' wife Clodagh has been developing a market garden using similar regenerative methods with no-dig being practiced and she is supplying local markets.
Clodagh and James are also helped by two budding little Farmers, Walter and Joseph!