Briain has a background in Organic horticulture. With experience over many years on many different farms. Working with heritage and heirloom plants at Irish Seed Savers to steward our most precious resource (seeds) through an uncertain time so that future generations have the genetic resources to draw on to produce healthy, abundant food. He is currently in the final year of a BSc Forestry degree at W.I.T. Once completed, this will allow him to register as a forester and to access the generous grants that are available for agroforestry. The future looks bright for agroforestry in Ireland as it is a way for farmers to begin to diversify while continuing to do what they know and love.
Having experience, knowledge and expertise in organic agriculture and forestry means that foodtree is well placed to provide a crucial link between different land uses and to help others to create systems that are economically profitable and ecologically regenerative. We believe that the ability of foodtrees to integrate beneficially into the farming system will form the future of food production in Ireland.
Heartlands , Daingean, Co. Clare
Jason was born into the world of horticulture and as a child grew up in his mothers flower shop “Golden Flowers’ and from his early teens on worked with his grandparents at their family run plant nursery in Wicklow ” Seaview nurseries”. After school Jason worked in numerous other professions including tour guiding, entertainment and construction but returned to organic horticulture /agriculture from 2014 and since then he has completed education from the organic growers internship up to a level 9 masters of science in organic farming . He worked as a nursery assistant for four years with Irish seed savers association and this experience has ignited the importance and passion to dedicate his life working for food security , community engagement and resilience in Irish ecosystems and plant genetic material. “As a island we are very vulnerable at this moment as we rely 90% on imported food , lets hope we can continue on the pioneering work of those gone before us and give our future generations a better chance by actively participating in creating food tress and eco systems capable of meeting our needs rather than relying on short sighted systems of economics that do not serve our long term interests”.