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Why this mobile farm doesn't sugarcoat the realities of farming even when accused of being a 'murderer' by children


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Eoin Sharkey of Maperath farm runs a mobile farm where he teaches schools about farming

Eoin Sharkey of Maperath farm runs a mobile farm where he teaches schools about farming

Eoin Sharkey of Maperath farm runs a mobile farm where he teaches schools about farming

'They say 'never work with children or animals' - Eoin works with both at the same time," says Olivia Duff wryly of her husband Eoin Sharkey.

Eoin runs a mobile farm, which he takes to primary schools and public events from the couple's free-range Maperath Farm, outside Kells, Co Meath. He stresses that it is an educational enterprise, not a 'petting farm'. The mission is to teach children (and their teachers) in city, town and even country schools about farming. The slogan is 'bringing the farmyard into the schoolyard'.

"There's no sugarcoating," says Eoin. "I encourage the children to ask about what happens to the animals; I tell them that eventually, I am going to eat all the animals I have with me. All the animals I bring are productive farm animals; none of them are pets.


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