On this episode of the Rebel Matters podcast I sit down with Martin Conroy. If you work in the area of health, whether its personal training, strength and conditioning, the food industry, or in health care, this episode is gold. If you are interested in becoming healthier, and creating a sustainable local economy, if you have thought about moving to the countryside, or want to learn how you can eat that provides real value for money, enhances your health, and the health of the land, then you will enjoy this chat.
Interview questions/conversational topics and times:
(00:04.57) How long has the farm been going for?
(00:05.06) What were you doing before farming?
(00:06.07) Do you have any farming background?
(00:08.52) Did the house on the farm require renovations?
(00:11.52) Did you do a lot of the work yourselves?
(00:12.38) Why did you go down that route instead of a more traditional mainstream way?
(00:14.50) What would a typical day for you consist of?
(00:18.05) Contrast between their farm and commercial farm.
(00:22.00) Does the pork require 24-hour around the clock care/observation?
(00:22.35) Midleton and Douglas Farmers’ Markets ( both found on their respective Facebook pages)
(00:25.40) How long does it take to feed the pigs?
(00:26.50) How many pigs do you have all together?
(00:27.20) Do big supermarkets affect the farming industry?
(00:29.12) Is it hard to compete with bigger mass producing factory farming?
(00:31.26) Why should I buy this pork over going to a supermarket?
(00:32.10) Comparison of % pork between his and regular off the shelf sausages.
(00:34.55) How does soil quality affect the end product?
(00:38.05) Is soil health generally a problem in Ireland?
(00:39.41) How does soil health affect the consumer’s health?
(00:41.30) Why is it that you regularly eat vegetarian food when out in restaurants?
(00:43.10) How does the concept of veganism sit with a meat producer?
(00:50.03) Do you believe the vegan diet is better for the environment?
(00:55.55) Do you believe eating non-animal based food sources better for your health?
(00:58.15) Are locally sourced foods more sustainable than food from the other side of the world?
(1:01.00) Comment on number of takeaways in Belfast alone.
Quick-fire question round (1:02.07)
Wheat advice would you give to your younger self?
Who is your inspiration?
Opions on slow cooking?
Favourite thing about living in cork?/ If you could change one thing about cork?
Favourite book? (Complete Guide to Sustainability: John Seymour)
Whats coming up in the next year?
How to get in touch with Martin:
Facebook: Woodside Farm Freerange Pork
Farmers’ markets mentioned on podcast:
Mahon Point: every Thursday 10am-2pm
Midleton: every Saturday 9am-1.30pm
Douglas: every Saturday 10am-2pm
Websites mentioned in the intro:
Woodside Farm Free Range Pork: www.woodsidefarm.ie
Slow Food International: www.slowfood.com
Ballymaloe Cookery School: www.cookingisfun.ie
- Lón Mór (event): Sat 27 January, details at www.aclai.ie
Music on this podcast is by the band Kíla. You can check out the latest news from the Kíla crew on their Facebook page, and keep up to date with their latest tour dates on the official Kíla website. Check out both links below.