Lackan Cottage Farm is a permaculture smallholding near the beautiful Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. We live as lightly as possible on the land and offer the opportunity for visitors from all over the world to volunteer and learn with us.
We want to demonstrate how a low impact lifestyle can be a practical reality, meeting our own needs for food, energy, waste and water from the land around us. Sharing our experiences with others is important to us, and as well as offering practical courses, we welcome volunteers from all over the world to help with everything from horticulture to green buildings.
One of the best things about being volunteer hosts is that every visitor brings with them a new approach to food, and this year we had some amazing meals. It didn’t take a lot of deliberation to come up with a highlight of the year, which came with Samanta and Irene from Tuscany. Pizza night was a revalation, being no less than 8 successive varieties, served amidst much jollity.  Read More
‘When’ is one of those words that fills me with dismay, because it implies a condition. We can do this when such and such; you can have this when so and so. Primarily it dismays me because its inclusion means ‘not now’. It means ‘some time in the future’. By nature I am a procrastinator, and it is something that has occasionally driven people to distraction as IRead More
One of the main reasons we chose to live here at Lackan was that it came with several acres of birch woodland, growing on what was cut over bog. There is something magical about the woods, the birch gives them an especially norther european feeling, and they evoke the woods of stories and fables – a world apart from the busy world outside, where you can escape for a while. Remains of the peaRead More
Over the last week you may have noticed that we’ve been making some improvements to the website – we’re in the process of updating content, making use of the great photographs that we’ve got with our new camera, and making it easier to find things. We’ve also changed the typography, and increased font sizes to improve readability. We’ve also added some nRead More