Liam establishes viable business by creating direct sales focus in Kildare
Liam Ryan is one grower that has evolved his entire business without relying on supermarkets and instead concentrating on direct sales.
Working closely with John Hogan, the Kildare based grower has seen his direct sales multiply several fold in the last five years.
Starting out growing on just a quarter of an acre in 2003, the Tipp native is now growing 6ac of organic fruit and vegetables on his 13.5ac farm at Ballitore.
"I did a few years working in air-conditioned offices in London before I realised that I really wanted to be outdoors growing things," he said.
Mr Ryan grew up on a small dairy and beef farm in north Tipperary but he says that he never really had a grá for working with animals.
"I was always drawn to the garden and I progressed from there to volunteering on organic farms and eventually ended up doing a two-year apprenticeship on British farms," he said.
Mr Ryan feels that there is a real need for a similar type of scheme here to help people avoid learning the hard way.
"There is a slight naivety about many who end up trying to make a living out of the sector because they tend to be attracted to organics for lifestyle rather than monetary reasons.