Agri Aware’s Family Farm was very busy this week, as young farmers Steph and Éadaoin welcomed the second week of summer camps. The summer camp groups were very enthusiastic and excited to get stuck into some butter making and pond dipping after their farm tour. The youngest group learned all about pollinators in the Family Farm garden. They were delighted to take their very own handmade pollinators home with them after camp.
On Saturday 23 August, the Young Farmers were busy all day, between butter making demonstrations by the milking parlour and farm tours with Agri Aware’s Meet The Farmer In The City, Donie Anderson. Donie is a sheep and tillage farmer from Tallaght. He informed visitors all about sheep marking practices including how farmers may use different colour markers to identify their flock if they graze their animals on common ground. Donie also highlighted the importance of sheep shearing, to prevent sheep from overheating and their fleeces from becoming to carry.
Sunday, August 24, saw the return of hurley maker, Seosamh Breathnach. Seosamh gave four excellent demonstrations, in which he outlined the process of making a hurley from the base of an ash tree. The Young Farmers held a farm trail competition in the Farmhouse, in which visitors had to answer questions related to hurley making. A huge crowd gathered to watch Seosamh at work and there were many visitors eager to ask him questions. Zara Drake was the lucky winner of the farm trail and was delighted to have been awarded a hurley, freshly made by Seosamh himself! Zara is a keen camoige player and was excited to make great use of her new hurley.
As the busy week drew to a close, the Young Farmers began preparing for their next week of summer camp! There's never a quiet moment at Family Farm and we really hope you join us for our next event.
Steph and Éadaoin.