- Address: 32 Lisdonwilly Road, Armagh, Co.Armagh, BT61 8DY
- Contact: Seaghan McDermott
- Email: email@example.com
- Mobile: 07768483325
Type of Farm
Rearing calves, allotment site, woodland, small animals such as goats and donkeys.
Little Acres lies just 1.5 miles north of Armagh town and although it’s close to the town, you still feel deep in the countryside when on the farm. At the farmyard we rear calves. Being a former dairy farm there are a few sheds and buildings at the yard with the old family dwelling that is not in use but would make a great renovation project. This part of the farm is where the small animals are kept, we have a few goats, two donkeys (Eddie and Roy), a sheep, hens, dogs and a few cats.
The animals only take up a small portion of the land here so the rest is rented out to another farmer who grows grass, wheat, maize and vegetables. Also attached to this part is the woodland where we intend to develop a nature project, there is river frontage at the trees which also has potential.
Then we have the allotment site, on it we have 28 plots and the potential to expand if needed.
Farm Activities Offered To Participants
Working with the calves – looking after all the animals goes on all the time.
Clearing the poly tunnel: getting ready for the new plants coming in.
Re-stoning the pathways at the allotments.
Clipping the hedges back.
I was born on the farm and, back then it was a dairy farm with beef cattle also. I grew up here and got to know every inch of the place and it is essentially now a part of me. I am the 5th generation of the McDermotts to farm in Lisdonwilly and have a pride in the fact we have been here since the early 1800’s. I started to run the farm in 1990 and increased the size of the herd from 30 cows up to 70 until we sold the herd in 2002. I always maintained an interest in different ways of doing things and keep an open mind as to the methods of today. In 2009 I opened the allotment site to better utilise the land and it turned out to be a great success, I can see participants getting so much out of their time here as the social element surrounding the allotments and the plot holders is a key part of its success.
I live here with my wife and my two children. My wife is from an accountancy back ground and is integral to the business.
Pilot farmer on the Social Farming Across Borders (SoFAB) project and currently provides a Social Farming service one day per week for three individuals from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area.
During my time on the farm I have had many different experiences and can see that there has been a shift away from the country way of life, so looking at the farm and the land I can see a great opportunity to utilise it in a way that will hopefully reconnect people with this way of life. My wife was a great source of motivation when moving in the direction of Social Farming as her younger cousin who has special needs got so much stimulation partaking in the Riding For The Disabled just a mile away. We saw firsthand the positive effects this had on her cousin and realised that we could create something special here for people.
I have also hosted a few farm walks from the local schools and found this a both challenging but rewarding experience. Taking people with learning difficulties or mental health problems on to the farm is something I am becoming more confident in with myself and my ability to be able to accommodate the participants.
“I want the farm to be a place where people can go at their own pace and become comfortable being here and hopefully anyone who spends time here will always want to come back.”