We are Cass & Nick, first generation farmers who who are passionate about regenerative agriculture, ethically-raised livestock and food provenance. With access to family land just outside the village of Quin, we decided to pack up our lives in the subtropics and take the plunge of starting a farm of our own. We moved from Byron Bay, Australia to County Clare in December 2021. Together with our son Finn and new baby Isla, we run Lúnasa Farm.
Cass grew up by the beach in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. In 2013 she completed a livestock apprenticeship at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in New York State and has worked in organic agriculture since; managing various livestock operations and working as a market gardener selling seasonal produce at farmers markets and to chefs. Cass is a wholefoods cook with a keen interest in seasonality, nose-to-tail eating, fermentation and slow food. She is close to graduating from La Trobe University Melbourne with a bachelor of food science and nutrition.
Nick grew up in Quin and is an engineer by trade, but decided to switch career paths and follow his passion for regenerative agriculture, whole animal butchery and charcuterie. For the past 5 years he has been running a pasture-raised pig enterprise with a friend in Australia, selling pork boxes direct to customers, and slowly learning the craft of artisan butchery under the skillful guidance of Hayters Hill Farm.
Our heritage breed pigs are reared outdoors year round, where they are free to root and forage in fresh paddocks every week. They are fed a certified-organic ration which ensures that they are meeting their optimum nutritional requirements and are both chemical and GMO free. Our small herd of beef cattle are managed using holistic planned grazing and are 100% grass-fed and finished.
We recently took on a lease at a butchery in Clarecastle where we now breakdown our own animals and make everything from scratch. Our plan is to sell a range of nutrient-dense, regeneratively farmed meat and meat products that are free from gluten, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, but packed full of flavour. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to embark on this long-held dream and are delighted to be finally selling our ethically-raised meat boxes through our online store.