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Digging in the Beara Past
 
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See now (since June 2017) the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEI_pvpI1m0 This 'trailer' comprises the opening credits of the 38 minute documentary on the traditional Irish spade cultivation of potato ridges or lazy beds, particularly as practiced in West Cork, on the Beara Peninsula. The film, I believe, uniquely captures the almost-lost skills of ridge-making and potato planting with a spade. This was the most efficient type of cultivation ever practiced in north-western Europe. Before the Great Irish Famine of 1845 -'49, incredibly, up to 11 million acres were cultivated by this method. It was a superb example of a horticultural method ideally adapted in its many variants to the climate and geology of Ireland. Yields of potatoes per acre using spades and ridges gave crops that have never been surpassed, even to this day. The spades-men's lore, hardly ever written about, has been largely lost. However, the maker of this video has pursued the subject for many years and was finally rewarded by finding a retired man, Michael 'Murt' O'Sullivan, on the remote Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland, who could uniquely demonstrate the skills and knowledge of his forebears. There is here a huge and timely lesson for us all today: how to cultivate in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way the least amount of ground to produce sufficient, healthy food to keep a family throughout the year. For more information or to discuss contact me, Jim O'Connor, email: beyondorganicjim@gmail.com
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Growing Potatoes - the Irish Lazy-Bed way.
 
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Ultimate Survival Video - growing the most amount of food from the smallest amount of land with the least amount of effort and equipment. The Irish 'Lazy-Bed' cultivation method practiced for hundreds of years, here captured and portrayed in a unique video. The main interviewee, Michael 'Murt' O'Sullivan, is a survivor of an extraordinary generation that kept the lore and craft of growing potatoes alive into the computer age. This is a documentary on the traditional Irish spade cultivation of potato ridges or lazy-beds. The film uniquely captures the almost-lost skills of ridge-making and potato planting with a traditional West Cork spade. This was arguably the most efficient type of cultivation ever practiced in north-western Europe. Before the Great Irish Famine of 1845 -'49, incredibly, up to 11 million acres were cultivated with this method. It was a superb example of a horticultural method ideally suited to the climate and geology of Ireland. Yields of potatoes per acre using spades and ridges gave crops that have never been surpassed, even to this day. The spadesmen's intricate lore has been largely lost or difficult to access in old archives.. However, the maker of this video has pursued the subject for many years and was finally rewarded by finding a retired man,Michael 'Murt', on the remote Beara Penisnsula in West Cork, Ireland, who could uniquely demonstrate the skills and knowledge of his forbears. There is here a huge and timely lesson for us all today: how to cultivate in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way the least amount of ground to produce sufficient, healthy food to keep a family throughout the year.
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Digging in the Past
 
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Please read this note about the video: A trailer of a documentary about traditional spades and potato cultivation methods in West Cork, Ireland. These are the opening credits of a 38 minute documentary on the traditional Irish spade cultivation of potato ridges or lazy beds. The film uniquely captures the almost-lost skills of ridge-making and potato planting with a spade. This was the most efficient type of cultivation ever practiced in north-western Europe. Before the Great Irish Famine of 1845 -'49, incredibly, up to 11 million acres were cultivated with this method. It was a superb example of a horticultural method ideally suited to the climate and geology of Ireland. Yields of potatoes per acre using spades and ridges gave crops that have never been surpassed, even to this day. The spadesmen's lore, hardly ever written about, has been largely lost. However, the maker of this video has pursued the subject for many years and was finally rewarded by finding a retired man,Michael 'Murt', on the remote Beara Penisnsula in West Cork, Ireland, who could uniquely demonstrate the skills and knowledge of his forbears. There is here a huge and timely lesson for us all today: how to cultivate in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way the least amount of ground to produce sufficient, healthy food to keep a family throughout the year. The rest of the video and links to more detailed information can be obtained by contacting me, Jim O'Connor, email: beyondorganicjim@gmail.com
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