Kerry Social Farming

Social Farming in Blackwater
Social Farming in Blackwater

Established in 2013 and operating social farms since 2014, Kerry Social Farming (KSF) was founded on principles of equality, social inclusion, voluntary community development and collaboration.  It is currently the only voluntary model of social farming in Ireland in that farmers are not paid for their time with participants.   It is a locally-led, community-based, shared service that provides farming and social inclusion opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries, all within local communities.

As of January 2020, we supports 30 participants on 17 host farms across County Kerry and we are keen to recruit new host farmers.  If you think you might be interested, please get in touch – We’ll be happy to tell you more about what’s involved!

Here’s our Newsletter for April 2020.  To get an idea of our work in action, head over to our media section and have a look at our latest promotional video and more!   We’re also featured five minutes into this programme: Beidh Aonach Amarach (Broadcast: 13.02.20)

Support for social farming in Ireland comes primarily from the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM) through its Commission for Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) Rural Innovation and Development Fund.

As well as its fit with CEDRA, KSF is also aligned with Kerry’s Local Economic & Community Plan and receives support through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). HSE’s New Directions provides the framework for the governance, planning and implementation of KSF based on person-centredness, community inclusion, active citizenship and equality.

SKDP is part of a pan-European Erasmus+ project called FARCURA (which also operates in Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia) in which our KSF team share our learning and help standardise the toolkit that a Farmer needs before beginning Social Farming, to include e-Learning courses for farmers and other professionals involved in this area of work.  Find out more on their site or by watching this short video.

 

To find out more about KSF call us on 066 947 2724 or email [email protected]

 Find out more about us on our own site.

Social Farming in Kilgarvan
Social Farming in Kilgarvan Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan