Macra na Feirme is a vibrant, independent, non-profit, national voluntary organisation for rural young people and young farmers between the ages of 17 and 35 engaged in youth development and training. The organisation consists of a nationwide network of clubs which support a range of activities in agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking and performing arts.
The mission of Macra na Feirme is to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities in Ireland by supporting the social, economic, cultural, personal development and well-being of young people who have a rural connection including young farmers, by representing their interests in the development and implementation of relevant policies, programs and services at national, regional and local levels and by advocating on their behalf.
Macra na Feirme runs a number of capacity building and developmental programmes in the areas of public speaking, performing arts, and agriculture. We provide sporting and recreational/social opportunities for our members to interact and develop, along with travel opportunities through exchanges, international and EU involvement.
Macra na Feirme employs almost 20 staff and involves hundreds of volunteers on a weekly and monthly basis in the delivery of services to members through almost 200 clubs across the country. Our clubs and volunteers are active members of their own rural and local communities, often involved in other community activities such as fundraising for local causes.
Macra na Feirme is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. The organisation is supported by a combination of statutory, agricultural industry and corporate funding.