Horeswood NS pupils got a taste of life of a farmer during a fun day at the school recently when they met calves Thunder and Lightning and learned all about dairy farming.
During the 2022 2023 school year, 6th Class pupils in Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood took part in the FarmerTime programme.
FarmerTime is a unique program that links farmers with the consumers of tomorrow through virtual visits to the classroom throughout the school year. Farmers are beamed into the classroom every two weeks to talk and meet with the students and introduce them to the farm and all the activities that go on.
The aim is to inspire, engage and educate young people about not only the journey from farm to fork but also the ever-changing, diverse agricultural industry. Children will regularly chat live to their matched farmer from their classrooms virtually, so they can discuss ideas, ask questions, share knowledge, and gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of the issues farmers face every day.
During the course of the programme, the pupils in Mr Mooney’s 6th Class in Scoil Mhuire were partnered with farmer, Eoin Corrigan from Trim, Co Meath. They enjoyed virtual trips around his farm and got to see a range of different activities on his 260 cow dairy farm.
The children also got to name two of Eoin’s twin calves, Thunder and Lightning. The children got a wonderful surprise when Eoin and his wife Róisín visited Scoil Mhuire recently and brought some special guests with them- the two calves Thunder and Lighting.
Class teacher Joe Mooney, said “The children really enjoyed this experience. Even though the pupils in our school live in the country, they got a real-life insight into the workings of a real Irish farm.”
Principal Brian Flood said: “Our school was delighted to participate in this programme. It’s very important for children to understand where their food comes from and also to see first hand the great work that farmers do to put quality food on our tables.”
FarmerTime are looking for Wexford farmers to join the programme.
"We now have over 100 schools who have applied and we’re looking for Wexford farmers to get in touch to make this even more successful,” said Ruth Fitzsimon of FarmerTime.