Jubilee Farm

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Type of Farm

13.5 acre community farm with free range pigs, goats, poultry and vegetables

Background

Jubilee Farm is the first community-owned farm in Northern Ireland, its 156 member-owners having raised over £300,000 to purchase and equip the property in early 2019. The farm is the vision of Jubilee Community Benefit Society, an inter-denominational Christian organisation who seek to work with people of all backgrounds and beliefs to steward and conserve the world around us.

The farm is currently in the process of converting to organic certification and as well as producing pork, poultry, goat and vegetables for its community-supported agriculture scheme (CSA – a subscription-based model of farming), it also runs education and engagement sessions for schools, churches, community groups and volunteers.

As well as 10 acres of agricultural land, the farm has a 3.5 acre nature reserve, including over 100m of river frontage, that will be gradually restored to native woodland.

Farm Activities Offered To Participants

Livestock: feeding, watering, handling, moving and cleaning out of pigs, goats and poultry.

Horticulture: sowing, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, preparation and packing of vegetables. Turning and making of compost.

Conservation: planting trees, cutting hedges, creating access routes in and through nature reserve, taking part in wildlife conservation activities.

Maintenance: general site maintenance including tidying, fencing, minor repairs.

About Us

Managing Director Dr Jonny Hanson is a farmer, conservationist and entrepreneur with a background in research, education and fundraising.

Market Gardener Malcolm Brown is an experience horticulturalist and joiner who previously delivered horticultural and joinery activities for different service user groups at another site in Larne

Social Farming

Jonny Hanson completed the SOFAB social farming course in summer 2014 and has been working towards social farming delivery since then. Malcolm Brown has considerable experience of delivering horticultural and joinery sessions to service users in a previous organisational setting. Together, from January 2019, they have delivered the first social farming project in Northern Ireland that works specifically with refugees and asylum seekers, hosting 2 – 4 service users for weekly social farming sessions at Jubilee Farm.

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

Where To Find Us

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0800 138 1678

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