Ballylagan Organic Farm, County Antrim
Ballylagan was the first certified organic farm in County Antrim and is situated in the south east part of the county within easy reach of Belfast. It is a mixed farm producing Aberdeen Angus beef, pork and bacon from Tamworth/Saddleback pigs, eggs and poultry and a wide range of home grown vegetables and fruit.
Countryside and Conservation
For some years we have undertaken a programme of tree and hedge planting to enhance the farm habitats and also for future coppicing for fuel. It is not uncommon to see the Irish hare on the land and buzzards flying overhead. We also have badgers and foxes. The mill pond is stocked with brown trout and attracts water fowl and water voles. In 2011 we will be installing a micro hydro electric scheme and farm trail.
The farm shop stocks our home produced meats, vegetables and other products plus a comprehensive selection of organic groceries, including a range of ethical toiletries and cleaning products.
Arranging a visit
The shop is open from Wednesday to Saturday. Schools and community groups are welcome to visit by appointment. In autumn 2011 we will be opening a tea room and guesthouse.
How to get there
By car: take junction 4 [Sandyknowes] from the M2 and follow the M8/A8 for Larne. 4 miles beyond Corrâs Corner roundabout turn right for Straid. In the centre of the village turn left into the Ballylagan Road - the farm is the first gateway on the left.
By bus: take the bus from Belfast to Larne and get off in Ballynure. It is a walk of just under 2 miles to Straid.
By bike: the farm is close to National Route 93