If You Go Down To The Farm Today…

Gortbrack Organic Farm near Tralee, Co Kerry welcomes many schools and community groups to experience the magic of nature first hand. Today children from Educate Together School in Tralee are visiting the farm. Filmmaker in Residence with Kerry County Council Arts Office, Lisa Fingleton, comes along too. The footage is edited with senior and first class students to show some of the adventures of their visit…

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Holding True Ground

Holding True Ground

Our wellie stand at the centre of local, multimedia artist Lisa Fingleton‘s exhibition “Holding True Ground” in Siamsa Tire, Tralee.

The exhibition will be open until the 30th of November in Siamsa Tire, which describes it as “a sumptuous feast of new work by multimedia artist, Lisa Fingleton including drawings, found objects, documentary and immersive installations”.

It is a really enjoyable artistic experience and a tribute to our local heritage on farming. Don’t miss it!

FREE ADMISSION

Gallery open 10am — 6pm
Monday to Saturday.

 

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Orchards and Brownies

Brownies pond dipping
Brownies from the Kielduff Unit enjoying pond dipping.

What a nice and busy weekend. And so lucky with the weather too. We started on Saturday morning with a great group of people that wanted to learn about how to grow soft fruits and orchards, one of our series of organic gardening courses. Many thanks to Ivonne and Derek for letting us finish the course planting apple trees in their front garden.

Orchard course
Soft Fruit & Orchard organic gardening course participants and Ian after planting a native apple tree.

Then on Sunday we welcomed 32 Brownies and 7 leaders from the Kielduff Unit. We had a full day of fun with the girls enjoying the nature trail around the farm, learning about biodiversity, feeding the ducks and donkeys, watching a bank vole being released from a mammal trap (picture below), playing a wildlife habitat game, doing some great pond dipping, gathering sticks for the fire to cook sausages and a fun scavengers hunt game. Many thanks to their leader Nora for contacting us and to all the Kielduff Brownies and their leaders, it was a pleasure to work with you.

Bank vole

 

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Need help with a Green Schools project?

Elemental Education Offers a series of 5 workshops for 3rd to 6th class on the cycles of life. They focus on the essential cycles that ensure our survival on the earth covering the water cycle, photosynthesis, soil formation, mini beast investigation and the carbon cycle.
Each workshop includes explanations, games, quizzes and a practical art & craft session.

The workshops compliment the NCCA Primary School Curriculum and the Green Schools Scheme.

E-mail: kerryearthed@gmail.com

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DISCOVER PRIMARY SCIENCE CENTRE (ongoing)

We offer guided Organic Food and Habitat trails, including seasonal nature orienteering, practical outdoor activities, treasure hunt and a farm tour.

Gortbrack Organic Farm has a diverse range of ecological & native Irish habitats, ranging from wildlife ponds, bog land, stonewalls, hedges and woodlands to organic vegetables, herbs, polytunnels (all weather), composting, living willow sculptures and a Kerry cow.

One theme from below can be chosen as a focus for the trip:

  • Local organic food
  • Water
  • Soil & compost photosynthesis
  • The carbon cycle
  • Bugs in the garden
  • Botany  & seed saving
  • Renewable energy
  • Woodlands & hedgerow habitats
  • Biodiversity

Time: Approximately 10.00am – 1.30pm
Includes worksheets for pupils and support material for teachers.
Cost: €10 per child (plus €50 farm fee per group)
KEEP are Heritage Specialists under the INTO/Heritage in Schools Scheme, which also offers a series of 5 visits –

contact KEEP or the INTO for more information.

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