Sligo Food Tours is a culmination of all that has gone on since we landed in Glengarrif in the Winter of 1984 as “Tourists with a mission” to find a suitable farm for our project “new home abroad” which became Neantóg I. Neantóg is the Irish for nettle, an invogorating plant, stinging and healing at the same time and a great wild food!
After coming back at Easter 1985 for another visit and buying a farm in June we finally arrived in a fully loaded camper van with two small children in the Summer of 1985. At the time we didn’t know where the journey would take us, but we were very determined to give it our best shot. So we became farmers, growers, bakers and cheese makers: in short organic food producers (and builders as well, renovating a cottage and building a house).
Getting involved with the organic movement in the Northwest and especially The Organic Centre project in Rossinver, where we began giving courses as early as 1996, changed life at Neantóg. We stopped cheesemaking as a business in 2003 and Gaby, having graduated as a Naturopath and Herbalist in 2004, started working from home in her clinic. Hans dedicated the next 22 years of his life to The Organic Centre to develop their courses and training programmes, helping to make the centre renowned nationally and internationally. Have a look at The Organic Centre Milestones. Throughout all those years we were growing most of our own food, baking our own rye sourdough and making cheese for ourselves. Gaby worked as a cooking instructor on many school and community garden projects and published her first cookbook in 2008.