MOURNE YFC made the most of 2021 by getting out and reconnecting with its members and local community.
For the first half of the young farmer year Mourne YFC had to adapt its club gatherings to virtual online meetings via Zoom, meaning members were able to take part in various competitions and hold club meetings such as quiz nights and bingo.
In June Mourne was able to achieve the prestigious Green Flag Award from the Grassroots Challenge team in partnership with keep Northern Ireland Beautiful .
On Tuesday, August 17, members of Mourne Young Farmers met with DUP leader Sir Jeffery Donaldson, Mourne YFC’s Bright Future representative Jennifer, Land Mobility co-ordinator John McCallister, along with Grassroots Challenge leader Alexy, Youth Forum member Owen and environmental activist Eimear.
The meeting was held in Annalong Community centre where Mourne YFC gave a run down of its progress of activities in achieving the prestigious Green Flag Award.
Following on from this, Mourne YFC is looking forward to building on its eco status and also building a stronger relationship within the local community and the surrounding area of Mourne.
Mourne YFC was the first Young Farmers’ Club to achieve the bronze level status within Northern Ireland. It was also the first Young Farmers’ Club to hold the Green Eco status in County Down.
Mourne’s main focus in its Green status was biodiversity. Members got to learn the importance of using local products throughout their daily routine, the benefits of organic farming, along with the importance of not overworking the soil so that CO2 emissions can be kept low and farming can be run more efficiently and more eco positively,
Following on from this Mourne YFC was able to launch back in September in Annalong Community centre where it saw the return of the famous competitive games night. It was great to finally hold a first face- to-face meeting.
After launching back in September members were keen to get out and about with farm tours. A club favourite was a trip to Weirs Fresh Milk Farm in Rathfriland. Members got a chance to see how much work goes into producing one litre of milk fit for human consumption. Members also had the chance to taste the famous strawberry milk shakes. A big thanks must go to Nigel and Elaine for taking the time to show members around and tell them about the day-to-day running of the farm.
Saturday, October 30, saw the return of Mourne YFC Tractor Run! There were lots of spectators who turned out to show their support for the club. Thanks again must go to club members Darren Corbett and Rebecca Connor for organising the successful event.
On November 6 the annual County Down Dinner returned at Clandeboye Lodge. It was great to see members swap the wellies for shoes and heels – everyone looked fantastic and a great night was had by all.
This year Mourne YFC decided to get more creative/artistic as it headed to Claire MCC Ceramics where members got the chance to have a go at throwing different pots and got to decorate their own mug.
The club ended 2021 with a green light as it headed to Formula Karting to let members build up their competitive spirit before the rest of the Young Farmer year continues in 2022.
Mourne YFC is looking forward to the challenges that 2022 has to bring.
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