This year’s National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS) conference, BioFarm, will be taking place on the 7th and 8th of November in Adare. NOTS is recognised as a leading course provider of organic practices in Ireland. Among the myriad knowledgeable speakers at the conference, are two An Taisce representatives - providing the latest updates from the Legacy4LIFE (L4L) project, an EU LIFE funded project focusing on pond biodiversity, organic farming, and low-carbon planning 

Professor John Sweeney, climate scientist and emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University will be presenting on greenhouse gas emissions and agriculture The L4L project delves into organic farming, with a large-scale survey undertaken in to further understand the barriers farmers face when looking to convert to organic farming. John Liston, organic farmer and member of the L4L team, will be presenting some preliminary findings from the survey, looking at what factors have changed in recent times and what could be done in future, to support farmers moving to organic production.  

The L4L team are also very excited to share their new booklet, which outlines the journeys and experiences of ten Irish farms who went organic. The farms span a range of sizes and production, and is a great resource for anybody considering organic farming, to hear about the challenges and successes of other farmers making the switch. The booklet will be available to pick up during the BioFarm conference, and An Taisce will be there over both days to answer any questions about the Legacy4LIFE project. 

Keep an eye out in late November for the L4L illustrated children’s book ‘Let’s Explore an Organic Farm!’. The book takes children on an organic farm walk, allowing them to become familiar with the workings of a farm, fantastic for those who live in an urban environment who might not have access to a farm. The story introduces us to Farmer Seán and all his animals, who let us know what they get up to day-to-day on the farm!   

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An Taisce 

Legacy4LIFE programme 

About the Legacy4LIFE programme: 

Legacy4LIFE is a 2-year programme which aims to develop community-based supports for Ireland’s natural environment, with a focus 󠅲on biodiversity enhancement, environmental protection and climate mitigation.  

The €0.5m programme is one of two EU Life Projects awarded in the Republic of Ireland in 2021, and is co-funded by the EU Life Programme (the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action), the European Climate Foundation, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. 

The Legacy4LIFE programme consists of three distinct projects: 

  • Ponds for Biodiversity 

  • Advancing Farm2Fork 

  • Green Communities - Development of a Low Carbon Town Plan 

For more information: 

Melanie Brown 

Legacy4LIFE Executive Assistant 


Finn van der Aar 

Legacy4LIFE Project Coordinator 


  • Melanie Brown, An Taisce Legacy4LIFE Executive Assistant