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I was vegetarian … now everything is part of the food chain: Meet Downpatrick family opening home for Virtual Farm Weekend

Virtual Farm Weekend aims to connect the public with rural working folk. Aine Toner talks to one family putting sustainability and animal welfare at heart of its agriculture

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Organic life: Left, Carrie-Anne Mooney and her husband Lee on Hollow Farm with the pigs. Credit: Peter Morrison

Organic life: Left, Carrie-Anne Mooney and her husband Lee on Hollow Farm with the pigs. Credit: Peter Morrison

Qualified farrier Lee shoeing his horse Russell

Qualified farrier Lee shoeing his horse Russell

Carrie-Anne Mooney and her husband Lee on Hollow Farm with the geese

Carrie-Anne Mooney and her husband Lee on Hollow Farm with the geese

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Organic life: Left, Carrie-Anne Mooney and her husband Lee on Hollow Farm with the pigs. Credit: Peter Morrison

Hollow Farm in Downpatrick, owned and run by Carrie-Anne and Lee Mooney and their young sons Tobias and Jacob, was established in 2016 when the couple bought the property to create a more sustainable form of agriculture.

Neither of us came from a farming background, it was our grandparents,” says Carrie-Anne. “I was vegetarian, actually, for a long time because I didn’t like how meat was reared and we sort of joked about that.


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