the overends were a comfortable middle class dublin family. trevor overend a solicitor, brought airfield as a summer house in 1894 but decided to make it his family’s permanent home several years later.
both his daughters letitia and naomi grew up and remained here until they died. they both were actively involved in the farm and their extensive gardens as well as their many charitable pursuits. as a family they had always been concerned with the welfare of others and as far back as the early 1900s. naomi, then aged eight, organised a fund-raising fete at airfield in aid of the national society for prevention of cruelty to children.
at the turn of the century dublin had the worst death rate in the british Isles with problems arising from overcrowded tenements, poor sanitation and a lack of nutritious food. in response to this the overend family provided pasteurised milk for the first “clean milk” depot which supplied inner city families with a safe milk supply. during the war the overends also extended the capacity of their food gardens to help combat food poverty.
since 1974, airfield became a charitable organisation, established by the overend family for educational and recreational purposes to facilitate active learning focusing on food, farming and the land.