Bowfield Farm Ireland

This interview details Bowfield Farm, an indoor farming company based in Ireland. The interview is with Ciara Allen, Managing Director at Bowfield Farm.

Source: Bowfield Farm

What is the origin story of Bowfield Farm?

Bowfield Farm is over 200 years in the Allen family and up until recently was primarily breeding organic Hereford cattle. However, the family have been looking at ways to diversify the farm, focusing on sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly farming methods.

So in the summer of 2022, the family invested in a vertical hydroponic farm growing micro greens and baby-leaf salads.

What are some of the biggest challenges facing Bowfield Farm in the future?

Vertical farming requires significant up front capital investment, this can be challenging when the business is driven by a family rather than a large corporation. This is a relatively new industry in Ireland with very few experts in vertical farming or hydroponics so everything is a learning.

Source: Bowfield Farm

What is unique about Bowfield Farm compared to competitors?

There are less than a handful of vertical farms in Ireland so this gives us the edge by being able to grow 365 days of the year where are competitors resort to importing produce when the Irish climate is too wet and cold (Oct – Mar).  

We also offer our produce “live” or “harvested” which means we can sell our produce with the roots still intact and the product can be hand harvested as needed or we can harvest the product. With being a vertical farm, we take up a very small footprint of land, less than 1 acre but yet we have capacity to grow up to 30 acres of produce. 

How do you measure the impact of your company so far? (Revenue, Employees, Customer Quantity, Production Volume) etc?

We are still very early days in this venture but I’m excited about the future of what we can do and where this company is going.

What have you learned that you wish you knew when you started the company?

Starting a new business, particularly within an industry that is relatively new in this country, you need to be passionate and highly motivated.  Developing a start-up takes a lot of work and commitment.   It requires constant learning and a strong ability to overcome obstacles, bureaucracy, and regulations. However, creating something new is highly satisfying, especially if it involves producing high-quality and sustainable food for our communities.

How can people connect with you or learn more about Bowfield Farm? 

We are in the process of building our website – www.bowfieldfarm.ie

We are also on social media, facebook (Bowfield Farm) and Instagram (bowfieldfarm).

We are based in Ballaghmore, Borris-In-Ossory, Co. Laois.

Email: info@bowfieldfarm.ie

Landline Ph: (+353) 0505 41798  

Asia Vertical Farming Companies: The 2023 Report

Download the Free Sample Report

Mark-Horler

"For a target audience that is trying to understand the basics of vertical farming, this is a quality newsletter to subscribe to"

- James Pateras, CEO, Modular Farms Australia

North America Vertical Farming Companies: The 2023 Report

Download The Free Sample Report

Mark-Horler

"The North America Vertical Farming Companies Report 2023 aggregates many sources of public information on many different companies so that you don't have to do the research yourself, it's worth the money and saves a lot of time"

- John Ireland, CEO, NTP Technologies

Europe Vertical Farming Companies: The 2023 Report

Download the Free Sample Report

Helen Andrew Spare Harvest

"As a business development manager supporting the indoor agriculture, CEA, and food tech industries, I can say Urban Vine guides and their insider newsletter provide detailed information often difficult to find online."

- Irena Lundberg, CleanTech Invest Stockholm

Middle East Vertical Farming Companies: The 2023 Report

Download the Free Sample Report

Mark-Horler

"As a marketing professional in the indoor agriculture industry, Urban Vine's newsletters, reports and guides are an excellent resource for keeping up-to-date with news and developments in vertical farming."

- Steven Mitchell, Product Manager, Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) UK

All Indoor Farming Company Interviews

MightyGreens

December 10, 2023

This interview details MightyGreens, an indoor farming company based in Brazil. The interview is with Natale Papa, CEO of MightyGreens. To learn more about MightyGreens and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

Grobrix

December 10, 2023

This interview details Grobrix, an indoor farming company based in Singapore. The interview is with Mathew Howe, Founder of Grobrix. To learn more about Grobrix and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

RED Horticulture

January 22, 2024

This interview details RED Horticulture, an indoor farming technology company based in France. The interview is with Louis Golaz, CEO of RED Horticulture. To learn more about RED Horticulture and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

Ditto

December 8, 2023

This interview details Ditto, an indoor farming company based in the United States. The interview is with Derek Drake, CEO of Ditto. To learn more about Ditto and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

SMARTKAS

December 11, 2023

This interview details SMARTKAS, an Agrotech Solutions Provider based in the Netherlands. The interview is with David Meszaros, Founder & CEO of SMARTKAS. To learn more about SMARTKAS and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

Delphy

December 7, 2023

This interview details Delphy, an indoor farming consulting company based in the Netherlands. The interview is with Laura S. Bautista, Project Leader - Vertical Farming at Delphy. To learn more about Delphy and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

December 7, 2023

This interview details Ceres Greenhouse Solutions, a Residential & Commercial Greenhouse Solutions company based in the United States. The interview is with Christopher Uhlig, CEO / Owner of Ceres Greenhouse Solutions. To learn more about Ceres Greenhouse Solutions and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

Berlin Farms

December 4, 2023

This interview details Berlin Farms, an indoor farming company based in Germany. The interview is with Vahik Soghom, Co-Founder of Berlin Farms. To learn more about Berlin Farms and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

Corvus Drones

December 4, 2023

This interview details Corvus Drones, a Controlled-environment Agriculture (CEA) technology company based in the Netherlands.. The interview is with Frans-Peter Dechering, CCO & Founder of Corvus Drones. To learn more about Corvus Drones and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview

LED iBond

December 8, 2023

This interview details LED iBond, an intelligent lighting solutions company based in Denmark. The interview is with Martin Løbel, CEO of LED iBond. To learn more about LED iBond and other indoor farming companies, click on this link!

View Full Interview