Sunday 19 May 2019

Students at St Joseph's primary school Gorey celebrated Agri Aware week

Jade Quinn and Ruby Murphy
Jade Quinn and Ruby Murphy
Chef James Cantwell, head chef Fabien Riquet, Lukas Baltinas and Ela Doyle

Cathy Lee

Students at St Joseph's primary school celebrated Agri Aware week by welcoming local farmer and county chair of the Irish Farmers' Association, James Kehoe as well as producer in Alan Redmond, of Redmond Butchers for an informative talk on food which was followed by a cooking demonstration. The children learned about where their food comes from, and how it is grown and sold locally and further afield.

That learning became a reality when they got to watch the chefs Fabien Riquet and James Cantwell, of The Kitchen, Gorey turn the fresh ingredients into a meal for all to enjoy, with a little help from some of the young volunteers.

Students got involved by preparing the vegetables for stock, and they could ask their own questions throughout the demonstration.

Agri Aware is the Irish agri-food educational body, a charitable trust, funded by the Irish farming and agri-food industry.

Agri Aware week said 'We've had another eventful morning here in St Joseph's Primary, Gorey, for their pasture to plate winning prize'. The team are travelling to primary schools and community groups to provide information about agriculture and food nationwide, to increase children's understanding of agriculture and food origin.

This initiative, sponsored by Restaurants Association of Ireland aims to improve the image of farming and food industries as well as promoting rural environment awareness, animal welfare and food safety.

Gorey Guardian