A new greenhouse company is planning to create 17 jobs with Ireland’s first 100% hydroponic farm which is expected to be up and running in North Offaly by next June. Real Leaf Farm, the trading name of Galway Herb Farm Limited, is embarking on a €25m funding round for the Offaly project.
Real Leaf Farm has already been awarded €1m from the Just Transition Fund. The company plans to build hydroponic farms in Ireland and the UK, with the first farm in Ballycon.
It recently received planning permission to construct there on a site owned by Bord na Móna, which will include a 10,500sq m greenhouse, attached to the existing Bord na Mona workshop building. Some existing sheds at the site will be demolished.