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Farm Walk & Talk

The aim of Agri Aware’s Farm Walk and Talk series is to demonstrate the practical elements of modern agriculture to second-level students preparing for their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science exam.

Introduction

Farm Walk and Talk is held every year during the first two weeks of March. Over a course of 5-10 days, teachers and students across Ireland visit various Teagasc agricultural colleges and research centres, as well as UCD’s Lyon’s Estate and the Irish Farmers Journal Tullamore demonstration farm.

Through these events, students are able to gain real-life experiences on working farms and are also able to hear talks from agri-food industry experts and leading academics in a practical environment. From observing cows being milked, comparing different breeds of cattle, examining soil profiles, lamb births, watching piglets suckle and farm safety demonstrations the students get to experience the realities of the subjects that they are taught each day in the classroom.

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495 Schools participated in the 2021 Virtual Farm Walk and Talk. More than 18,000 Leaving Certificate Agricultural Students across Ireland participated in the 2021 Virtual Farm Walk and Talk, which featured Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College.

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In 2020, more than 1,600 Leaving Cert Agricultural Students from over 60 secondary schools nationwide participated in the 'Farm Walk and Talk 2020' over the course of 5 days, which took place in the Teagasc Colleges and Research Farms nationally.

2021 Virtual Farm Walk & Talk Series

A selection of videos from our 2021 Virtual Walk & Talk

 

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Alan Jagoe
AgriAware Chairman

“Agriculture is hands-on and events like Agri Aware’s Farm Walk and Talk provide thousands of students with an insight into the practicalities of farming and the hard work that farmers do each day. We need the educated students of today to become future industry leaders, to build on our exports of over €13.6 billion and to continue to build on our reputation as world-class food producers.

This is why initiatives such as Farm Walk and Talk are of such paramount importance – allowing students to experience the various farming techniques that they read so much about and giving them an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a working farm, covering topics from soils and fertilisers to silage making and livestock. The event is particularly beneficial for students who don’t come from a farming background”

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