The FarmYard Project

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The FarmYard, Lisnavagh is a living lab; a hub of innovation, resilience & sustainable living in County Carlow. People from all walks of life & all parts of the world come to the FarmYard to be inspired & to rethink their lifestyles by participating in events that explore the inextricable links and interdependencies between the arts, agriculture, biodiversity, community, innovation, technology, nature, the environment, health & wellbeing and climate action.


A compassionate, fair and regenerative society of empowered and resilient communities that live sustainably within planetary boundaries and thrive through inclusion, diversity, creativity and collaboration.


To inspire, innovate, ignite & expand public and political awareness of the potential of resilient communities within rural areas, villages, towns & cities to transform their localities and to help reach ambitious local and global level policy goals and targets, such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

What we want to achieve

The intended impact of our ongoing events programming is to develop a dynamic and inclusive framework for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, learning and capacity-building to support communities to engage in and spread transformative action on the ground.  


To provide a creative environment that promotes and supports accelerated learning, knowledge-sharing and collaboration among artists, community-led initiatives, marginalised groups such as asylum seekers, travellers, refugees, people living with disabilities, public agencies, cultural creatives & their networks in order to catalyse action that will result in systemic transformation across the country and beyond, with regard to climate change, biodiversity loss, nature and environmental degradation.

Biodiversity, Climate, Nature & the Environment

Climate change is the result of pushing the earth beyond the tipping point of what is sustainable.  In order to reach our Paris Agreement Targets, we have to tackle the root causes.  In doing so, it is possible to see that all of the causes are man-made and can therefore, be addressed by human intervention.

Through our Farmers Forum series of webinars and workshops, growers will share their experiences of the impacts of climate change and how their local communities are finding solutions.


The importance of the Arts in igniting people’s creativity and imagination when it comes to envisioning a peaceful, just and sustainable world cannot be underestimated.  It’s no longer acceptable to view nature and the environment as an unlimited resource.

During our Heritage Week events that took place on August 12th,  Dr. Eoin Donnelly, a professional hedge-layer & master craftsman will give a presentation on the traditional skills and
benefits of hedge-laying and the importance of protecting our environmental heritage.

William Bunbury is the Director of the Lisnavagh Timber Project and Bunbury Boards, who gave a talk about his work at Lisnavagh, which he has managed since 2000. He
has planted over 10,000 trees and has adopted a Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) approach. There was also a walk through the woodlands, looking at the life cycle of the trees on the Lisnavagh Estate.

Keep an eye out by joining our newsletter, as we will be hosting an ongoing series of meaningful events, training workshops and conferences at The FarmYard Lisnavagh.

Community Spirit!

Community spirit is at the heart of all we do at the FarmYard, where social inclusion and creativity are the keys.
Through the Arts and Environment, we explore:
  • Unlocking creativity, imagination & collaboration
  • Diversity, inclusion, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, biomimicry, Circular Economy, Doughnut Economics, food sovereignty, Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs), climate justice
  • The best models of sustainable living that harness the transformative power of diversity, inclusion and equality
  • Exploring the interdependencies and symbiosis between Arts, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Nature, Environment
  • Sustainable food systems: connecting people with nature & each other
  • Delivering green skills for a zero-carbon future
  • Addressing biodiversity loss in relation to agriculture, soil and food
  • Creating & sharing solutions for environmental transformation & joyful living
  • Community, learning, living more simply in a wholesome way
  • Deepening our connection to purpose and nature
  • Honouring and reviving old ways of wisdom & traditional crafts
  • Building networks
  • Empowering humanity to create sustainable livelihoods that will take us beyond the climate, biodiversity & cultural crises into a sustainable future
We invite you to become part of our evolutionary journey!

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