Online guide to living and learning on organic farms

Posted on: 10th May, 2016

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

An online learning guide to Living and Learning on Organic Farms (LLOOF) will be launched by World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF Ireland) at Organico in Bantry on May 23.

LLOOF is a new, innovative, online interactive learning guide, which will teach adults about organic farming, rural business and cultural exchange on farms. The presentation will be attended by, among others, Sue Coppard, founder of the WWOOF movement in 1971, John and Sally McKenna, of the Bridgestone Guide, and is supported by the award-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam, Digital Champion for Ireland, who is both a believer in, and practitioner of, online learning through his educational charity ‘Atticus’.

LLOOF delivers a series of courses online that include both written information and short educational video presentations. David Puttnam has made a short film endorsing LLOOF in which he says, “Climate change is without a doubt the biggest challenge that mankind has ever faced… The idea of an online presence, through LLOOF, that is able to get the message across, and to encourage people with practical ways of making their lives more sustainable… this is really, really good news. I think this is an initiative that is worth everyone’s support.”

Uniquely funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ scheme to 10 partner countries, LLOOF is a platform for the vast knowledge that exists amongst Host members of the WWOOF network, and the content is produced through collaboration between experienced host farmers and young people and others volunteering. WWOOF Ireland is working hard to contribute to the project’s success, and as Director Annie King explains, “WWOOFing is a wonderful opportunity for cooperative living and learning. It provides young people with the chance to experience other cultures and ways of life while giving practical assistance to producers of organic food. And of course, it is also great fun and often a life-changing experience! The LLOOF online learning guide complements this learning by providing additional learning online, which is an ideal medium for young people who are travelling with their mobile devices.”

WWOOF Hosts, volunteers, and others with relevant expert knowledge are encouraged to contribute two to three minute video tutorials to the learning guide. Support and guidance is on the LLOOF promotional website edvorg.weebly.com whilst examples of existing video tutorials can be seen on the LLOOF You Tube Channel.

For more information about the launch day or contributing videos please email info@wwoof.ie.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

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