Belvedere College - Subject Department

Urban Farming & Agricultural Science

Urban Farming & Agricultural Science

Staff 

Ms Lorraine Harrahill

Contact: lharrahill@belvederecollege.ie

Urban Farming Short Course:

Urban Farming as a short course has been designed in Belvedere College S.J. to be of direct relevance to pupils and their daily lives. It enables students to make interconnections between various subjects such as Science, Business, CSPE and Home Economics. Students explore various aspects of plant growth and discover how they can efficiently utilise space both inside and outside of school in order to create a variety of produce that will be of benefit to the whole school community as well as the wider community.

They are challenged to think of ways to maximise crop yields through exploring alternative methodologies that are not utilised in conventional farming. They delve into the up and coming industries of hydroponics and aquaponics first-hand thus taking part in revolutionary science. They are among the first pupils within the country to learn how to grow pants in a soilless medium and they continuously challenge themselves to grow as many different varieties of crops as possible. Students are enabled to develop a realisation of the impact that they can have on the environment and their planet and as a result it encourages them to develop a sustainable way of living. It is a practical and hands on module where they get the opportunity to grow their own crops, design garden layouts, construct raised beds and harvest honey (among many more activities). Students are directly at the centre of the learning experience and as a result they learn through experience.

LC Agricultural Science:

Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science involves the study of science and technology underlying the principles and practices of modern agriculture. It aims to scientifically develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote the longterm sustainability of natural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources. Students will delve into topics such as soil, plant and animal physiology, crops, genetics, farm practices and farm safety as well as economic agriculture. The role and importance of strategies and policies for the continued sustainable development and growth of the agri-food industry are recognised, whilst an emphasis is also placed upon understanding the importance of biodiversity, animal welfare and care of the environment.

Students will apply their scientific knowledge to modern agri-food practices, to crop and animal husbandry, and to the care of their natural environment and will work collaboratively to engage in many inquiry based investigations. Students in Transition Year get the opportunity to be introduced to a flavour of the subject and enhance their fundamental knowledge base through exploring 8 key topics relating to agriculture in an inquiry based manner.

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