- Address: 37 Omagh Road, Drumquin, Omagh, UK
- Contact: Marina Braden and Richard Wylie
- Email: email@example.com
- Mobile: 07775648958
Type of Farm
Gartagher Farm is a 25-acre riverside farm located on the edge of the village of Drumquin near the towns of Castlederg and Omagh (accessible by public transport).
Our 18th century farm land has been left to return to nature over the past 15 years after previously being used for minimal cattle grazing. The farm has now become a therapeutic riverside retreat with fruit, vegetable and herb garden set within mature hedgerows and woodland, nature trails and a growing Irish wildlife reserve. A large polytunnel is also on farm for horticultural activity.
Horticulture, forestry development and nature conservation are our key focus for future farm development. We also continue to restore our once abandoned stone farm cottage, stone barn and outbuildings.
Gartagher Social Farm was established as a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) in December 2017.
Marina and Richard moved from Scotland back to Marina’s family farm in 2005. They have strived to sensitively farm biodiversity with the complementary development of:
Farm Activities Offered To Participants
Forestry/wood craft activities:
*Social Farming participants will have access to a wooden summer house/tea room (with ramp access) and stone barn (with wood burning stove) for craft and cooking activities.
Marina Braden (Social Farmer) has 25 years of experience working in mental health therapeutic and social support care sectors. She qualified as a Social Worker in 1998 and has continued to undertake training and develop a range of experience and skills related to the care of children, young people, adults, and older people presenting with mental health, drug/alcohol, disability and social/emotional/behavioural concerns.
Richard Wylie (Social Farmer) qualified as a Horticulturalist in 2000 and has worked as a gardener since then. He has prior social care experience working with adults with brain injury, drug/alcohol, disability and mental health difficulties. Richard has continued to develop his horticultural research and skills whilst working hard to tame some of our mature farmland into a well-established fruit, herb and vegetable garden.
Together, Marina and Richard will share their skills to provide a nature based social farm. We aim to provide a safe, welcoming and calm, supported farm space to allow reconnection to nature and a healing place for emotional recovery. We have tried and tested our farm activities for ourselves, family and friends. All have found a sense of increased well-being, emotional balance, relaxation and respite from the challenges and stresses of modern living after even a few hours on Gartagher Social Farm.
Marina and Richard completed Keeping Adults Safe training in May 2018 and First Aid training in March 2018. A Farm Safety Check was completed by a Health and Safety Executive NI inspector on the farm in 2018 in advance of Social Farming delivery. Secured capital funding for Social Farming delivery in 2017 from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.