Visitors to Family Farm in Dublin Zoo over the coming months will have a new attraction in the form of Donegal Student Dallan Shovlin as Agri Aware’s ‘CAP Agri Ambassador’.
The Stranorlar native has taken up duty at Family Farm, developed by Agri Aware and Dublin Zoo.
He will be telling the story of Irish farming and food production and explaining the benefits of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to the hundreds of thousands who will visit Dublin Zoo between now and the end of September.
Visitors can avail of farmyard tours where they can meet the farm animals and learn about Irish agriculture.
Dallan, a third year student in communications at Dublin City University, beat a host of applicants for what is regarded as Ireland’s dream summer job.
The 21-year-old commented: “I’m very privileged to be able to call the Family Farm here in Dublin Zoo my office for the coming months. I’m looking forward to meeting the many visitors, both young and old, to the Family Farm on a daily basis and explaining the CAP.”
The initiative is part of a major information campaign being delivered by Agri Aware on the benefits of the CAP to urban and rural dwellers of all ages.
The campaign is co-financed by the European Union, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, the IFA and FBD.
At the Family Farm, visitors of all ages can learn about farm animals, food origin and quality. In the farmyard itself, visitors will learn about the animals, from cows to chickens, while in the Farmhouse Classroom, Ireland’s agricultural history comes to life in the Farm’s heritage exhibition complete with touch screens, photographs and video footage.
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