RTÉ One, Thursday, 8.30pm
Ear to the Ground

Programme 6

Farming Saved My Life
Cystic Fibrosis is Ireland's most common life-threatening genetically inherited disease. With over 1100 CF patients, Ireland has the highest proportion of CF sufferers in the world. This week, Helen Carroll meets the cystic fibrosis patient who lives a very active outdoor lifestyle. He attributes his relatively good health to his job as a farmer. Despite suffering from the condition Sťamus finds the time to raise badly needed funds for under-resourced CF facilities in our hospitals. With all the recent controversy surrounding the lack of sterile hospital beds for CF patients, we see how Sťamus goes about his day-to-day life and copes with the illness.

Gardening Guru Gives "Grow Your Own" Guidance
As we continue to tighten our belts many more of us are turning towards growing our own fruit and vegetables at home. However, many of us don't have the expertise needed to ensure we grow the tastiest vegetables for our dinner table. Darragh Mc Cullough meets Lily Champ, the gardening guru who's been growing her own fruit and vegetables for over 50 years. What Lily Champ doesn't know about gardening isn't worth knowing! All sorts of flora and fauna can be found in Lily's garden including a Lily of the Valley tree, which is the only one of it's kind in Ireland. She offers tips and advice free of charge to local allotment owners so that they can grow their own tasty produce.

Where Does Your Ham Sandwich Come From?
Kids are often fussy eaters but are rarely interested in finding out where their food comes from. The Food Connect project teams students with local producers to give them an insight into where their food comes from. The students get an opportunity to go onto local farms and into food production premises and they get to see where the ham sandwich in their lunch box actually comes from. Ella Mc Sweeney visits The Abbey School, one of the ten schools involved in the scheme, to see how they are getting on with their producer partners, Crowe's farm. She'll speak to the students and to the Crowe family on how the programme is mutually beneficial to both students and producers.



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