Butterlope Farm

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Butterlope Farm is located 2 miles from the village of Plumbridge in the beautiful Glenelly Valley at the heart of the Sperrins.  It is a hill sheep farm with over 200 sheep, calves, pygmy goats, free range hens and sheepdogs.

A kitchen garden, greenhouse and large polytunnel also helps the farm to be more sustainable by growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Background

Vincent and Annie have been farming at Butterlope since 2006 and they began Social Farming in 2015. They are also keen to promote environmental awareness, wildlife conservation, and healthy living. The farm is managed to encourage and conserve the wide variety of wildlife in the area.  The farm also offers group and school visits.

Farm Activities Offered To Participants

  • Care for sheep including herding, feeding, lambing and animal health tasks
  • Feeding and looking after pygmy goats.
  • Feeding and care of calves.
  • Maintaining animal houses.
  • Feeding and caring for hens, including collecting eggs.
  • Dry stone walling, fencing and woodwork projects.
  • Vegetable, fruit and flower growing with participants bringing home produce for own use when available.
  • Learning about wildlife.

Participants can also gain accredited training in agriculture and horticulture including Health & Safety. This is mainly assessed through practical observation so no reading or writing skills are required.

About Us

Vincent has over 20 years’ experience in farming as well as having worked previously as a builder and mechanic. Annie is an environmental educator with over 20 years’ experience and an adult education tutor and forest school tutor.   She is a keen vegetable grower and runs courses for community groups as well as passing on her knowledge to participants.  All staff are Access NI checked and the farm holds all relevant policies and insurance. All activities are fully risk assessed.

Social Farming

This case study video was produced as part of the Erasmus+ project ‘SoEngage Plus’ (2020-2022)

Butterlope Farm have been delivering Social Farming since April 2015 and previous to this was involved in the SoFAB pilot training.

Current programmes are supported through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, the Health and Social Care Board, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

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