Milking Demonstration at Family Farm
30th April – 30th September
Come by and see Niamh at Family Farm where you will learn all about the important contribution she makes to the Irish Dairy Industry!
Niamh is our British-Freisian dairy cow visiting Family Farm over the summer months!
On the dairy farm, Niamh would spend her days grazing luscious green pastures, producing up to 30L of fresh milk daily.
On Family Farm, Niamh takes a well-earned rest, spending her days munching on crunchy hay and haylage. Because she is a small British Freisan dairy cow, she is only milked once a day by our lovely Zookeeper Louise. During peak lactation (just after giving birth) she may produce up to 30L of milk daily, so may require milking twice a day,
Don't forget to check out our 'Food from the Farm' module at Family Farm during the school year and Agri Aware's Open Farm weekends during the summer months.
Hurley Making Demonstration
Seosamh Breathnach will be joining us in Family Farm on Saturday 23rd June from 11-3 to show us the art of Hurley Making, be sure not to miss out!
Women in Agriculture Day
Sunday the 24th from 11-3 will see a number of women in the agri sector come to Family Farm to promote the role of women in farming and in the Agri food sector in Ireland
At Family Farm on Saturday the 30th from 11-3 we will be showing the public what they can do in their own homes to be more sustainable through fun activities. We will also be joined by a guest speaker, Dublin Zoo’s Sustainability Manager Conor Kretsch.
Sheep Shearing, Spinners & Weavers Demonstration
Ever wonder what happens to the sheep’s wooly fleece?!
Well Sunday July 1st from 11-3 at Family Farm we will have Sheep shearing demonstrations and Spinning, Weaving and Knitting demonstrations with the IWDG (Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers) who will show us how to use wool as a natural resource!
Family Household Skills
Fancy learning some household tips and tricks?!
On Saturday 7th July from 11-3 Breda McDonald from The ICA (Irish Country Women’s Association) will be in the Family Farm to show farm house skills such as Butter Making and Brown bread making.
Don’t miss out!
On Sunday July 8th from 11-3 there will be a celebration of the family farm model in Family Farm with Johnny Gleeson who will be giving tours of family farm. He will also be joined by a family of farmers for the day’s activities.
Rare Breed Farm Animal Weekend
14th July – 15th July
Did you know there are more red pandas in the world than kerry cows?!
Well Family Farm has become home to many rare breed farm animals for example our Kerry cow, Roisín. To show the importance of our rare breeds here in Ireland we will be running a fun filled weekend on July 14th & 15th which will include farm tours and many fun activities from 11-3 each day, don’t miss it!
Smart Farming Demonstration
Don’t miss out on Family Farm on July 21st! From 11-3 we will have experts from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) on Family Farm to demonstrate smart farming methods and the latest technology being used on Irish Farms
Bee Keeping Demonstrations
The Farmhouse doors on Family Farm will be open on Sunday July 22nd from 11-3 with Beekeeping demonstrations and expert talks by Brian O Tool of Leinster Honey.
Who else is buzzing?!
Hurley Making Demonstrations
Ever seen how you make a hurley?
We’ll have Seosamh Breathnach showing everyone the art of Hurley Making on Family Farm on Saturday 28th July from 11-3.
Pottery Demonstrations by Busy Bee Ceramics
Head on down to the Farmhouse on Sunday July 29th from 11-3 where there will be a pottery demo by a rural potter from Busy Bee Ceramics who will show case their skills and talk about rural jobs and life.
Threshing, Hand Shearing & Hay Rope Making
Fancy learning about the history of farming in Ireland? On Saturday August 4th at Family Farm we will have a range of activities that showcase some old-time farming practices. We will have hand shearing demonstrations, hay rope making, threshing and talks from 11-3.
Sheep Shearing, Spinners & Weavers Demonstration
Ever wonder what happens to the sheep’s wooly fleece after shearing?!
Well Sunday August 4th from 11-3 at Family Farm we will have Sheep shearing demonstrations and Spinning, Weaving and Knitting demonstrations with the IWDG (Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers) who will show us how to use wool as a natural resource!
Agri Aware's Mobile Kitchen & Celebrity Chef
Fancy learning about the Farm to Fork Journey?
Come along to Family Farm from 11-3 on Saturday the 11th August to meet with our farmer Johnny and Chef Edward Hayden. With farm tours, cookery and more, the day promises to be a feast for the senses!
Heritage Week - Scarecrow Saturday
HAY – ITS SCARECROW SATURDAY!
Come along from 11am-3pm and help us kick off Heritage Week on the Farm on August 18th. We will be learning about harvesting crops, meeting some tillage farmers and the farmhouse will be open for some scarecrow building of your very own!
Heritage Week - Butter Making
Who’s ready to boogie??
We have butter discos from 11am-3pm on Sunday August 19th in the Farmhouse on Family Farm. Learn about where your Milk comes as Niamh our dairy cow will be milked on Family Farm at 11:30am. As part of Heritage Week we will learn about the farm to fork journey through the process of butter making.
Heritage Week - Basket Making
Ever woven your own basket?
We have basket weaver Padraig Larkin on Family Farm from 11-3 on August 20th showcasing the great art of basket weaving.
Be sure to pop into the Farmhouse to be a part of Heritage Week celebration!
Heritage Week -History of Farming & Farm Antiques Display
This Tuesday from 11-3 we are bringing old school back with a Farm antiques display in Family Farmhouse. We will be joined by an expert from Johnstown Castle Farming Museum helping visitors learn more about the history of farming in Ireland and its modernisation
Heritage Week - Sheep Shearing & Spinning
Ever wonder what happens to sheep’s wooly fleece?!
Well this Wednesday from 11-3 at Family Farm we will have Sheep shearing demonstrations and Spinning, Weaving and Knitting demonstrations with the IWDG (Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers) who will show us how to use wool as a natural resource!
Heritage Week - Pottery Demonstration
Head on down to the Farmhouse this Sunday from 11-3 where there will be a pottery demo by a rural potter from Busy Bee Ceramics who will show case their skills and talk about rural jobs and life.
Heritage Week - Irish Wildlife
Fancy learning about the wildlife and habitats on Irish Farms?
We will have some pond dipping with Johnny our resident farmer at Dublin Zoo on Friday from 11am-3pm.
The farmhouse will also be open where you can learn all about biodiversity on farms
The Agri Aware team are buzzing for the 25th of August on Family Farm, from 11am-3pm we will have Bee Keeping Demos with Brian O'Toole from Leinster Honey.
Who else is buzzing to be there?!