Our one day Transition Year field trips are based around the students learning where their food comes from and how to cook in a practical and interactive way.
Sample Transition Year day
Introductory half hour with tea, home brewed coffee or hot chocolate and home made chocolate biscuit cake.
Work in teams in the teaching kitchen to create lunch to have ready on their return from the farm tour.
Walking tour through Cloughjordan Eco Village and Cloughjordan Community Farm (wellies and coats needed)
The Cloughjordan Community Farm is both organic and biodiverse and is unique in that it is run for the community by the community and is situated beside the Cloughjordan Eco-village, which is Irelands first eco-village. A tour of the farm with the farm manager is also an interactive experience where the students get to pick and taste food directly from the plant, feed the pigs vegetable scraps from the cookery class and collect eggs from the chickens to cook with.
Students don their aprons and chefs hats ready for more cooking- fresh pasta rolled by the students, chicken parcels made with free range chickens and the veg which they have picked, fresh tomato sauce, sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, cream and chocolate biscuit cake.
At Cloughjordan House Cookery school we like to talk to the pupils about appreciating the food they eat and really tasting it, knowing where it comes from, being aware of waste and building a foundation for thinking about cooking and looking after themselves nutritionally when they leave school and go to college.
Dinner and tidy
Price per student is €50 for small groups and €45 for larger groups. Teachers go free and the day includes 2 meals.
We also offer the option to complete the Gaisce Bronze Award with a 25km hike, followed by woodfired BBQ, overnight in Django's hostel in the Eco-village and cookery class on day 2. Phone Peter for more information on 087-2515694
Home Economics Teacher, Transition year 2012/13,
St. Mary's Secondary School, Charleville, Co.Cork.