Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Mareese Keane, THRIVE Agtech Platform Director.

Mareese Keane is Platform Director with THRIVE, an AgriFood -Tech Accelerator, located at Salinas, California. In this episode, Mareese provides some background to her exciting work with THRIVE, recently acknowledged as being the, ‘Most Valuable AgriFood Tech Accelerator Programme’ in the United States by San Francisco based AgFunder.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Cashel Blue Cheese

Cashel Blue is a 100% family farmhouse, blue cheese production, located near the historic town of Cashel in Co. Tipperary.  The focus is very much on quality cheese production, linked with a desire to keep the family living and working on the family farm. In this episode, Co-owner, Sarah Furno provides some background to this innovative Tipperary farming enterprise, making a range of cheese for the home and export markets.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Farm Tours Ireland

Farm Tours Ireland was set up in 2012, by long established Louth-based agricultural advisors, father and son team, Gerry and Aonghus Giggins. It was launched in response to a growing appetite among professionals and farmers from overseas, wishing to visit and experience at first-hand, Ireland’s innovative farming and food industry. Here, Aonghus gives some background to the story of operating in what is a niche but burgeoning marketplace.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Magners Farm

Kylie and Billy Magner produce pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised chicken near the village of Moyglass in Co. Tipperary. Kylie provides some background to starting a poultry enterprise, and producing an award-winning chicken bone broth, all told and sold under the Magners Farm label, just a few kilometres north of the historic walled-town of Fethard.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Piedmontese

In 2005, artisan farmer and food producer, John Commins began farming piedmontese cattle, a breed native to Italy, on his farm, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary. He now supplies this award-winning high-end beef into supermarkets, restaurants and online across Ireland.  In this episode, John also talks about his work with Avocet Bio-Solutions, trialling technology on his farm with the potential to make a significant global impact on sustainable food production.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Longways Cider

James O’Donoghue’s initial curiosity in farming was triggered during summer holidays, helping on his grandparents’ farm. As a trainee farmer manager, he graduated ‘top student’ in Ag College and ‘top farm apprentice’. Decades on, James tells how he now produces his own premium brand, award-winning cider called ‘Longways Cider’ from his farm and orchard, located in South Tipperary.

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Salt of the Earth Podcast – Acres Machinery

Acres Machinery is an award-winning agri-machinery design and engineering company, based in Co. Roscommon. Here, CEO David Doran outlines some of the significant progress being made by this innovative agtech startup.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Waterford Distillery

Waterford Distillery is a single malt whiskey distillery located in Waterford City, in the South East of Ireland. The distillery was originally rebuilt in 2004 as a Guinness brewery, shut down a decade later and in 2015 transformed into a state-of-the-art single malt whiskey distillery. Here CEO, Mark Reynier provides an update on progress and of his ambition to create the most profound single malt whisky that has ever been seen.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Apis Protect

Ireland has long valued the hive and the honey bee, as evidenced in the Bechbretha or ‘Bee Judgements’ texts, recorded under ancient Irish law or Brehon law, dating back to circa 6th century. Today, a new Irish tech start-up, is seeking to write a new page in history, in terms of food security within a global industry, responsible for providing 1/3rd of the food consumed in the world.

ApisProtect, a start-up co-founded by CEO, Fiona Edwards Murphy, a Cork-based electronics engineer, focused on the growing global problem of the stressed honey bee population. Her goal is to provide an IoT – bee monitoring service, utilising the latest sensor technology and machine learning, to help beekeepers reduce losses and increase productivity in their hives.

In this episode, ApisProtect Chair and co-founder, Andrew Wood recounts the story behind this innovative idea and the journey of discovery into the secret lives of bees.

Salt of the Earth Podcast – Ivor Cummins – Irish Heart Disease Awareness.

Can a growing global passion for lower carb / high nutrient-dense food boost demand for Irish grassfed produce? In this episode, Ivor Cummins, Chief Program Officer, IHDA outlines some context on this growing trend, along with perspectives on CVD risk-taking to better understand and optimise health.

* In the 90’s, Ivor completed a biochemical engineering degree, followed by 30 years spent in corporate technical leadership positions. His career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity. 

* Irish Heart Disease Awareness (IHDA.ie) is a charity established to raise awareness of heart disease, as a progressive, measurable and treatable disease, that can be detected by a simple calcification test.  

* The charity’s founder, David Bobbett, is also CEO and majority shareholder of H&K International, one of the world’s largest equipment suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry. 

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