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Agri Aware and Bord Bia bring a blooming great farmyard into the middle of the Phoenix Park

As part of Bloom 2015, Agri Aware brought a farmyard into the middle of the Phoenix Park.

Bloom, Ireland's Largest Gardening, Food and Family Event, took place in the Phoenix Park Dublin from Thursday 28th May until Monday 1st June 2015.

Agri Aware in conjunction with Bord Bia, hosted the Bloom Farmyard, which featured a dairy and beef cow, calves, sheep, pigs and poultry. Visitors to the farmyard had the opportunity to see the dairy cow being milked and help feed the baby calves and lambs. They also had the opportunity to see sheep being shorn and farmers were on hand to answer any and all farm related questions and give short talks to the public about their work and life on the farm.

Over the first two days of Bloom (Thursday 28th and Friday 29th) almost 800 primary school students, from over 30 schools around the country, visited the farmyard and learned more about growing and farming. The children are all participating in Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles project, a healthy eating initiative for primary school students across Ireland.

The children and their teachers took tours of the Bloom farmyard, organic gardens and poly tunnels. In the farmyard, they will have an opportunity to get up close to farm animals and find out more about farming and where their food comes from. For many of the visiting children this will be the first time they get to see a cow up close and watch it being milked. They will also have the chance to feed a baby lamb, see a sheep being shorn and feel their wool.

The latest figures on childhood obesity from Safefood Ireland show that one in four Irish children are obese. Many children do not meet the daily requirement for fruit and vegetable consumption. The average number of portions consumed each day is two to three, when it should be at least five.