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Vegetable Farmer

Vegetable Farmer

Name: Shane Thorne

Address: Rush, Co. Dublin

Current position: Assistant Vegetable Farm Manager

Business details: 200 - 250 heactares of potatoes, parsnip & early season swedes 20-25 employees Supplying two large supermarket chains


• 2 years Engineering
• Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture
• Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture in Kildalton College
- Specialised in fruit and vegetable production -
- College PLP 16 weeks Ashtown research centre working with protected soft fruit


I have been working since a young age on the family farm which is run in partnership between my father and uncle.

Overview and current role

Main tasks include tractor and machinery maintenance. Driving and harvesting make up a large percentage of my day to day work. I provide relief work managing the pack house for my father and uncle. Parsnips need to be harvested daily so there is always work to be done with no two days the same.

Future career goals

Diversify into different branches of farming and crops Recommendations Work hard on your placement as it could be a work opportunity in the future.