UCC Healthy Food Initiative

Campus healthy food initiative

UCC announced a new healthy food initiative in partnership with Munster Agricultural Society. UCC are ‘growing their own’ and will be bringing the produce to the University for use in their kitchens. The students are delighted with the initiative, as are the staff. Healthy food, fresh from the source, is a key element to everyone’s diet. All good news for the students, many of whom are lodging and purchase their meals from the University restaurants.

All this is great news for Field of Dreams by Down Syndrome Cork. We are alongside the UCC land and it is envisaged that there will be a partnership of workforce, expertise and fun in due course.

UCC will be planting by the end of April. Hopefully, Field of Dreams will not be too far behind.

More information: Who What Where

More information - Briefing Document

More information / Briefing Document

Who? Down Syndrome Cork is a strong group of committed parents with a vision for their children to live full, active, enjoyable and purposeful lives. As a respected Cork charity with a proven track record we are delighted to be bringing the Field of Dreams to fruition in the coming months. We have over 360 members across Cork of whom 170 have adult family members with Down syndrome. Diarmuid Gavin, celebrity garden designer is committed to supporting us in the design process and ongoing into the future.

What & Where? Field of Dreams is to be a ‘demonstrator’ project, the first of its kind in Ireland. The project will see a 3 acre site at Curraheen, Bishopstown transform into something we think is magical – an educational and work based horticultural site for adults with Down syndrome. The focus of this programme will be on social and therapeutic horticulture, offering proven benefits to physical and psychological health, communication and problem solving. Activities that support lifelong learning and independence such as numeracy / literacy, computer skills and cooking will be offered in a setting that is holistic, sociable and FUN.
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United Hunt Club – Field of Dreams Donation

A very big thank you to Maria Fleming and her family and to Breda Byrne for helping with the organisation of a family fun day hunt which took place on Easter Monday in the Leamlara area.

Field of Dreams were presented with cheques totalling €786.08 from the United Hunt Club.

Smarts Bar, Ballincurrig was the end venue and a great time was had by all.

Sincere thanks to everyone.