Agri Aware’s 'Farm Walk and Talk' 2015
Agricultural Science students and their teachers, from 70 schools across Ireland, closed their textbooks and put on their wellies. Over two thousand five hundred second level students, visited Teagasc colleges and research centres throughout the country, from 2-6 March, to get a day of hands-on learning, via Agri Aware’s farm walks.
Venues and dates
- 2nd March, Monday Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
- 3rd March Tuesday Clonakilty Agricultural College, Co. Cork
- 3rd March, Tuesday Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny
- 4th March, Wednesday Ballyhaise College, Co. Cavan
- 4th March, Wednesday Mountbellew Franciscan Brothers College,Co Galway
- 5th March, Thursday Moorepark Research and Innovation Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork
- 6th March, Friday Pallaskenry Salesian Agricultural College, Co. Limerick
- 6th March, Friday Grange Research and Innovation Centre, Dunsany, Co. Meath
Agri Aware recruiting Education and Development Assistant
Agri Aware, the award winning Irish agri-food educational body, in collaboration with Dublin Zoo, is seeking to recruit an Education and Development Assistant to improve the image and understanding of farming and the agri-food industry among the general public, through education programmes at Family Farm, Dublin Zoo.
The successful candidate will be responsible for furthering Agri Aware’s mission statement by the interpretation, development and delivery of interactive educational programmes and initiatives to students of all ages and the general public.
The successful candidate will hold a third level teaching qualification and have a good knowledge of the agri-food industry. Applicants should be highly motivated and enthusiastic, with excellent social and interpersonal skills.
Click here for full job description and information on how to apply for the position.
Agri Aware consult agri-food industry on new Agricultural Science specification
Agri Aware, the independent farming and agri-food educational body, hosted an event in Buswells Hotel, Dublin, on 9 December 2014 to facilitate a forum whereby the agri-food industry could openly discuss the planning for the new Agricultural Science Specification, and deliver very clear messages regarding the industry’s requirements.
Agri Aware is co-ordinating the feedback from the coalface of the industry, into the new syllabus. The background paper from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is now open for consultation and is available here and also on www.ncca.ie. Please click here to complete an online response questionnaire on the NCCA's background paper.
Over 40 industry leaders attended and stressed that the new Agricultural Science syllabus must be modern, choice-based, interesting and relevant, with a practical element.
Some of the priority areas identified by the industry, that should be included in the new syllabus, were farm safety, genetics, environmental sustainability, farm economics, food origin and quality, and equine.
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes, T.D. also attended the discussion in Buswells hotel.
Agri Aware's Chief Executive, Dr. Vanessa Woods and Chairman, Richard Moeran; Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes, T.D.; and Bill Lynch, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (Director, Curriculum and Assessment); meet with the coalface of the agri-food industry to deliver an industry-relevant Agricultural Science syllabus for Leaving Certificate students.
Agri Aware's new 'Follow the Farmer' videos
Do you want to know all about farming, and the benefits of the reformed CAP?
Over the coming months Agri Aware will visit the farms of a dairy, beef, sheep and tillage farmer, and speak to them about their working lives, their families, their farms and the reformed CAP.
The first of our videos features Andrew Gow, a dairy farmer from Limerick. Just click on the videos below.
Andrew Gow, dairy farmer, Spring (farmers video)
Andrew Gow, dairy farmer, Spring (general public video)
Andrew Gow, dairy farmer, Summer video
David Rodgers, tillage farmer, Spring/Summer video
Angus Woods, beef farmer, Spring/Summer video
James Lally, sheep farmer, Spring/Summer video
A-maze-ing educational initiative at the National Ploughing Championships!
For tips on farm safety click here
Have you seen our new Holy Cow! billboards popping up around the country?
Don't forget to enter the competition.
Agri Aware visits Tullamore Show
Agri Aware had an exhibit at Tullamore Show on Sunday 10 August, which attracted huge crowds. It was a great opportunity for us to communicate our message about the benefits of the reformed CAP. Everyone was particularly interested in getting their hands on one of our 'Holy Cow' Cap mugs! Thanks to everyone who came along, we had a great day.
The Future is Food - The Food Summer School 2014
There was a packed hall in Macreddin for this year's Bord Bia Summer School. There was plenty of questions raised and lots of work will need to be done to continue the growth and development of the agri-food sector
Agri Aware's Mobile Farm visits Dublin's Temple Bar for the IFI Family Festival
Thanks to everyone who visited Agri Aware’s Mobile Farm at the IFI Family Festival in Temple Bar in Dublin yesterday. Ava (5) and Etain (3) O'Flynn from Terenure in Dublin had a special chat with Henrietta the Hen!
International Year of Family Farming
Agri Aware celebrated the 2014 International Year of Family Farming in Family Farm, developed by Agri Aware and Dublin Zoo, last weekend. Click on the link below to read about the event.
Agri Aware and Bord Bia bring a blooming great farmyard to the Phoenix Park. Click on the link below to read the press release from the event.
National Dairy Week 2014
On Monday 12 May, Agri Aware and the National Dairy Council kick started National Dairy Week at Family Farm, developed by Agri Aware and Dublin Zoo, this week. RTE's News2Day were there to report on the launch, view the report by clicking on the link below:
RTE's Countrywide were also in attendance to report on the event, click on the link below to hear their report:
Agri Aware's new educational resource 'Dig In' and the Ndiini School Food programme featured on RTE's News2Day this week. View the show by clicking on the link below: