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 one of only two projects operating a voluntary model of social farming in Ireland, meaning 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 and physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and those accessing mental health services, all within local communities.
As of February 2022, we support 49 participants on 28 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 March 2022
March 2022 Newsletter.pdf (kerrysocialfarming.ie)
To get an idea of our work in action, head over to our media section and have a look at our latest promotional videos and more!
Kerry Social Farming participants availed of a week’s training at Radio Kerry and presented and produced the Saturday Supplement on Radio Kerry on 21st of May 2022. Here is the link to the podcast.
Saturday Supplement – May 21st, 2022 | RadioKerry.ie
We’re also featured on one of the Molscéal videos for TG4 during summer 2021. See the short video here https://www.facebook.com/MOLSCEALTG4/videos/4397705760286506
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.
A very successful FARCURA National social farming Conference was hosted on the farm of Mike O’Shea in Dromid, South Kerry in September 2021. Here is a link to the event 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.