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National Open Farm Day By Agri Aware Aims To “Educate Consumers”

Agri Aware has announced details of its inaugural National Open Farm Day which is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th, 2018.

For the first time in Ireland, four leading farms in Cork, Mayo, Wicklow & Dublin will simultaneously open their gates from 11am-4pm to the public in order to educate consumers about what happens on a working farm and also to encourage families to learn more about where our food comes from.

The countrywide event will involve farm walks, educational talks, cookery demonstrations, family activities and much more.

Agri Aware’s National Open Farm Day 2018 host farmers are:

  • John and Ann Coughlan – Dairy and Beef Farm in Ballyellis, Buttevant, Co. Cork
  • Padraic and Breege Joyce – Dairy Farm in Islandeady, Castlebar, Co Mayo
  • Tom and Geraldine Short – Sheep & Tillage Farm at Kilmullen House, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow
  • Padraic and Bríd McMahon – Beef, Sheep, Turkey & Tillage Farm in Fieldstown West, Kilsallagh, Co Dublin

Each location will offer its own unique programme of activities, full details of which will be announced closer to the time.

Speaking at the announcement, Agri Aware Chairman, Richard Moeran said:

“This national event aims to connect consumers directly with the primary producers of our food in a transparent and highly engaging way. We hope to open the lines of communication between farmers and the consumers of their products and develop a greater understanding about how the food we eat everyday gets to our tables.

“The nationwide events will also allow people to experience what day to day life on a working farm involves and the measures farmers undertake to produce safe, quality food in a sustainable way.”

The author: Nick Fitzgerald