Monday May 25, 2020

Former apple farmer takes to the sea

Rod Calder Potts turned his farming skill sets seawards and now specialises in marine structures, writes James Enright

17th July, 2010

In 1980, fruit farmer Rod Calder Potts was producing 600 tonnes of apples every year. Business was thriving until free market access enabled mass-producing French farmers with their naturally warmer climate to squeeze Calder Potts to the periphery.

Placed in a quandary, the Kilkenny man looked elsewhere for business. An organic farming and horticulture venture followed before a trip to Schull in west Cork convinced Calder Potts that there was a niche for heavy duty pontoons and...

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