The Farming Life and Danske Bank awards 2013.
The Donnely family grow some of the finest brown mushrooms in Northern Ireland and have done for more than half a century. It was Frank’s Uncle Sean who originally started to farm mushrooms in 1955 and this inspired Frank to grow his first mushrooms in the mid ‘80s.
Many dairy farmers in Northern Ireland were attracted to mushrooms in the 50s and 60s because there were so many similarities between the two industries, namely the importance of hygiene.
Surprisingly, mushroom houses love being clean, so the mushrooms houses have to be kept spick and span. Dust and dirt are a no no because there are so many competing fungi present in dust, which are trying to grab a piece of the action, so the houses must be cleaned regularly.
Three generations of Frank’s family live and work on the farmer and the mushrooms are a huge part of their lives, “Being a farmer, you can work as hard as you want because your work is on your doorstep, but mushrooms like attention, so you have to keep an eye on them. They will soon let you know if you neglect them - they will give you a slap in the mouth and in the pocket!”
Frank Donnelly has a bio-mass boiler cutting the carbon footprint of his mushrooms significantly.
The individual farming category winners included Keenaghan Mushrooms, Moy, which where highly commended in the horticulture / arable category.Grower ‹ First < 2 3 4