Food and Biodiversity Week 2023

We are looking forward to a really interesting week for Food and Biodiversity Week!

Monday: Welcome!

Tuesday, April 18th  – “Fairtrade Ireland” Webinar (with Aidan from Fairtrade Ireland) 

Webinar: We are delighted to have Aidan Ring, Community Outreach Officer from Fairtrade Ireland join us for this exciting webinar. Aidan takes us on a journey through some of the impacts of our diets. This is most suitable for senior primary students (3rd to 6th class) but all are welcome. Register here for an 11am Live Webinar 

Activity: Investigate how much packaging and food waste your class produces today from your lunch with our Lunch Waste Resource

Wed, April 19th – “Junior Tasting Workshop” (with Clare from Green Schools)  

Workshop: This fun and interactive workshop is aimed at Junior Infants to Second Class but all are welcome. We will be using our senses to explore foods like strawberries and lemons. We will not be cooking but the class teacher will need a chopping board and knife. 

Activity:  Head out to your local park or around your school grounds on a Nature Walk and see if you can spot any wild foods with our Foraging Guide. At this time of year you may find wild garlic, dandelions, nettles and more!  

Thurs, April 20th – “Cooking for our Taste Buds” (With Chef Reema Dutta Gupta) 

Webinar: Follow along with Chef Reema Dutta Gupta to prepare some simple sauces and dips that will appeal to all of our 5 basic taste groups! Then see if you can guess which is which! Check out our ingredient and equipment list here before you start

Activity: Head outside and get your hands dirty by carrying out some of the experiments in our Soil Workshop

Friday, April 21st  – “Farming for the Future” (With Kate Egan and Sean O’Farrell)

Webinar : We were delighted to welcome Kate Egan and Sean O’Farrell to this zoom webinar. Listen back and hear Kate discuss “How farming can save the World” and Sean discuss “Farming for the Future”. This is a great opportunity to hear about the potential positive impacts of farming on biodiversity. 

Activity: Find a patch of flowers and carry out the 10 minute “Flower- Insect Timed” count. Watch this video for a demonstration and get information on using the app or recording sheet to share your findings with the biodiversity data centre here

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