2019 Incredible Edibles Second Prize Winners Take to the Fields of Country Crest.
On Tuesday, September 24th, 2019, Agri Aware, Ireland’s agri-food educational body, recognised the third-class pupils from Gorey Central School in Co. Wexford, as the 2019 Incredible Edibles runner-up winners. Over 1,300 schools across Ireland participated in the 2019 Incredible Edibles programme. The second prize winners received a VIP visit to Country Crest, where they were taken on a guided tour around the farm. The students learned all about the company’s biodiversity and sustainability measures as well as visiting their wind turbine, and cattle feeding unit. Country Crest not only provided goodie bags of fruit and potatoes for all pupils, but they also presented a polytunnel to the school to help them to continue their gardening journey.
Michael Hoey; Country Crest Co-Founder and Managing Director welcomed the primary school students to their farm. “It’s brilliant to see how these young school children have embraced the Incredible Edibles project, their enthusiasm for learning how to grow fruit and vegetables, and their appreciation of healthy seasonal food and where it comes from.”
Alan Jagoe, Chairman of Agri Aware stated, “As a farmer and father to three young girls, I know the importance of teaching them where their food comes from as well as enabling them to make healthy choices for their present and future health. Incredible Edibles encourages children from a young age to sow, grow and eat their own seasonal Irish produce, which greatly influences their food choices and results in a greater understanding of healthy eating.”
Agri Aware will prepare to launch the 2020 Incredible Edibles project on Friday, October 4th, 2019. For more information and to register, please visit our Incredible Edibles website www.incredibleedibles.ie.
Agri Aware Ireland’s agri-food educational body have joined forces with BEACON Ireland’s national Bioeconomy Research Centre and IFFPG (Irish Farm Film Producers Group) for this year’s Ploughing Championships.
Many visitors will remember Agri Aware’s Red Shed from previous years – this year the shed will take visitors on an interactive journey to find out more about the exciting research going on in the Bioeconomy sphere across Ireland and the positive role it plays in Ireland’s agri-food industry with the development of new packaging, products and more.
There will be a packed “Shed-ule” of activities for visitors to enjoy. Highlights including daily debates on plastics, the role of the agri-food sector in the bioeconomy etc; live experiments, panel discussions, giveaways, interactive displays and more. Organisations included in our panel discussions include: Friends of the Earth, the EPA, IFA, Clean Coasts, BEACON, IFFPG, Department of Environment, An Táisce, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Repak and many more.
In a time where focus is on feeding a growing population and climate change mitigation there are some really interesting solutions for a circular economy on the way. Many see Ireland as having the potential to become a global leader in this area through a co-ordinated approach that harnesses Ireland’s natural resources and given the role agri-food business and farming has in society here we have a competitive advantage in this area.
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