Social Farming

A key objective for Rural Support is developing Social Farming in Northern Ireland. Since October 2015, the Social Farming Support Service (SFSS) (NI) has been situated within the charity after support was provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The Service will further develop the Social Farming network, promote best practices in the delivery of services, and co-operate with other Social Farming initiatives to raise public awareness of the concept and its progression.

Social Farming is an innovative use of agriculture to promote therapy, rehabilitation, social inclusion, education and social services in rural areas. There are multiple benefits from Social Farming for both the individuals involved and the rural economy. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Please take some time to look at the Social Farmer profiles on the website, which provide an insight into the individuals and farms involved in service delivery to date. These farmers have all recognised the difference they can make in the lives of people in need of support, whether that is due to a disability, mental health issue, or another challenge they are experiencing. Becoming a Social Farmer takes commitment and the Support Service in Rural Support aims to support these farmers in their efforts.

Our Social Farming news section will provide the latest updates on the development of Social Farming in Northern Ireland.

If you would like to hear more about Social Farming or are interested in being involved, please contact the Social Farming Service Coordinator Aoibeann Walsh on the details below or complete the Expression of Interest form within the website.

Aoibeann Walsh
Mobile: 0773 615 8983
Office:  (028) 8676 0040
Email: aoibeann@ruralsupport.org.uk