McDermott’s Little Acres Farm

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  • Address: Lisdonwilly Road, Armagh, Co.Armagh, BT61 8DY
  • Contact: Seaghan McDermott
  • Email: littleacres@gardener.com
  • Mobile: 07768483325

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Type of Farm

Grass and arable incorporating an allotment site and woodland with small animals such as goats and donkeys.

Background

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. 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, hens, dogs and a few cats.

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

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.

About Us

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 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 on the farm with my family and we all enjoy and appreciate what living in the countryside means and brings.

Social Farming

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 first-hand 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.

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