Leitrim Organic Farmers Coop was founded in 1998. It was founded with the objectives of emerging markets for its associates, manufacture and providing education and training. In 2001 the coop was fruitful in applying for a Social Economy Programme under FAS which is now Community Services Programme under Pobal. The coop offers services to both smallholders and organic farmers in Leitrim and neighbouring counties.
http://www.leitrimorganic.com It has provision arrangements with the Slaney Foods Group for both organic beef and lamb. It works to improve openings for weanling and store cattle from the area it services. The coop also founded the portable butchers model in the region where organic eat is sold at farmer’s markets. This is now run by Irish Organic Meats and facilities 3 local farmer’s markets
The coop itself was the main mover in the founding of Carrick on Shannon Farmers Market in 2007 and is one of the most successful in Ireland. In addition, it provides support to other farmer’s market. We are also involved in local festivals such as Taste of Carrick, Harvest Feast and Roscommon Lamb Festival.
The coop publishes a quarterly newsletter and also works closely with local organic marts. It founded the first organic sale in conjunction with Drumshanbo Mart in 2000 and the mart hosts 8 marts in 2016. In addition, the coop spends a lot of time in matching buyers of cattle sellers primarily from the west