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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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20 farmers wanted for new ‘The Horse’s Mouth’ initiative

Farming For Nature (FFN) has launched its new pilot farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing and mentorship service, The Horse’s Mouth.

This pilot aims to support farmers and landowners who may be looking for “on-the-ground” practical advice from fellow farmers on how they might improve their land’s natural capital.

The new initiative is in response to requests from farmers seeking on-site advice about how to enhance their land’s biodiversity.

Brigid Barry, FFN coordinator, who That’s Farming previously profiled, said:

“Many have asked for a fellow farmer to visit and provide practical tips on what they can do to improve the environmental condition of their farms, to learn how these Farming For Nature farmers did it on their own farms – ‘from the horse’s mouth as such.”

”Though every farm is different, you cannot underestimate the value of some sound practical advice and encouragement from a fellow farmer.”


FFN has a “thriving” network of ‘ambassador’ farmers through its annual ambassador awards programme.

Many of these ambassadors have offered their time and expertise to be mentors on this programme.

One of these mentors will walk the land with the owner and share simple, practical advice and encouragement.

To be considered as a host for a visit by a mentor, please visit its website and fill out the application form by August 31st, 2022.

The host will need to pay a nominal fee to the visiting mentor, and FFN will pay the rest.

FFN aims to select 20 farms this autumn to partake in this project.

It may expand the concept into the future if, as expected, it proves successful.

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