From humble beginnings in 1990 when Julian’s father John – who is still involved in the day-to-day running of the business – started growing daffodils, Hughes Farming has become one of the largest vegetable and crop growers in the south-east region. The Hughes’ started producing carrots in 2008 when Julian was doing a Masters Degree in Crop Protection in the UK. He was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2010 for researching innovation and technology in the major crop regions of the world. In addition to this, Julian was involved in getting broad-acre fund-based projects up-and-running in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Hughes Farming is a root crop, vegetable and cereals operation based about 15km south of Kilkenny city. The farm consists of 700 acres of crops, including carrots, parsnips, pumpkins, cereals, flower bulbs, onions and grassland.
Our crops and cereals are produced for domestic and export supply with the majority of the produce processed and packed on site before distribution to the major retailers.
The annual Kilkenny Business Awards 2018, organised by Kilkenny Chamber saw Hughes Farming bringing home not one but two awards. Winners of the Agri Business of the Year & the Overall Business of the Year in 2018 was a great way to end that had been a very challenging year for growers. It was a real team effort and the awards are great recognition for us and what we do.