CAROLINE Murphy bought four hens back in 2009 – to help her kids learn where food comes from. Fast forward to 2017, and she has 3,000 free range birds and runs the successful West Cork Eggs. Part of the prestigious SuperValu Food Academy, her produce – in its bright and distinctive packaging- is now on shelves in 18 SuperValu’s across Cork as well as in local, independent retailers and restaurants. Originally from London, Caroline worked in a variety of areas including HR, sales and credit control before moving to West Cork where she met her now husband Batt. Living on his family farm, between Leap and Rosscarbery, they are parents to Billy, 14; Kaitlin, 12; Callum, 9 and Isabelle, 6. Employing two part time workers and a driver, her motto is that a ‘happy hen, is a happy customer’. She believes in giving their hens ‘good food, freedom and fun and in return they give us delicious eggs which can be used in so many different ways.’ Caroline has also been part of an initiative called ‘Eggsellent Breakfasts’, which promotes healthy eating among school children and encourages them to ditch sugary cereals in favour of more nutritious options – like eggs. • The winner of the Sustainability & Diversification award, sponsored by Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, will be announced at The Southern Star and Celtic Ross Hotel West Cork Farming Awards presentation at 1pm on Sunday, September 24th, at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery.