Social Farming – New farming partnerships within communities
NTLP hosted an information morning in Borrisoleigh Community Centre on November 24th to create awareness of Social farming and bring together those interested in learning more about it. Over 60 people attended the morning from various walks of life, including locals, farmers, community and voluntary representatives and social care professionals. Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social service where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities in a non-clinical environment.
Helen Doherty and Brian Smyth from the Social Farming Support Office (Leitrim Development Company) spoke at the event as well as two social farmers Gerry Brown and Michael Heslin from Roscommon and Leitrim respectively. There was great interest and enthusiasm at the event and it is hoped that this concept will spread in this county and beyond. The information event was a good first step in that process.
Pictured above left to right: Helen Doherty (Social Farming Support Office) Matt Ryan (Board Member NTLP) Michael Murray (CEO NTLP) Patrick Killeen (RDP Project Officer NTLP) Caroline Shanahan (SICAP Project Officer NTLP & Event Organizer) Michael Heslin (Social Farmer) Gerry Brown (Social Farmer) Brian Smyth (Social Farming Support Office)