Beechlawn Organic Farm is a business partnership that was conceived and has been developed by husband and wife, Padraig Fahy and Úna Ní Bhroin.

The seeds were first sown after Padraig and Úna met at The Organic College, Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick, and both qualified with Diplomas in Organic Horticulture.

The business germinated in 2001 when they began the garden, which they nurtured producing their first fruits in 2002.

Company Name
Beechlawn Organic Farm

Address

Beechlawn, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Consultant

Paula McNicholas, Lean Team Strategies Ltd

Quote –

“It was great to engage with Paula who brought an engineering mind to our artisan food business.  It has been transformational to our business. It has increased productivity by 80% and saved us in labour hours the equivalent of 2 full time employees within the packhouse.”

Lean Start Project Objectives
  1. To streamline packhouse and office activities
  2. Improve communication
  3. Improve productivity
Key Challenges
  1. Getting orders from customers in a timely fashion
  2. Versatility of staff
Key Changes
  1. Moved from batch to one-piece-flow in Packhouse
  2. Moved label printing from office to Packhouse
  3. Eliminated docket books reducing cost
  4. Visual Management
Results
  1. Significant leadtime reduction
  2. More space
  3. Productivity up 80%
  4. Savings €57k per year