How this Kilkenny organic grower owes his success to cold calling – ‘I just turned up at the door of restaurants and asked if they’d like to try my vegetables’

Vincent Grace – who pivoted from a career in social services in his 30s – explains how he built a market for the organic produce he grows on his 10ac Callan holding

Salad days: Vincent Grace of Riversfield Organic Farm in Callan, Co Kilkenny in one of his polytunnels with the lettuce crop. Photos: Dylan Vaughan

Tamara Fitzpatrick

When Vincent Grace was in his 30s, he traded his job as a rehabilitation officer in drugs and prevention services to go organic vegetable farming.