- Address: 41 Yellow Road, Hilltown, Newry, BT34 5UD
- Contact: Marie and Paul Kelly
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (028) 4063 8343
- Mobile: 07706834307
Type of Farm
Yellow Road Farm is Sheep / Cattle farm of approximately 43 acres.
Family run small holding nestled at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.As well as the cows and sheep we have a number of hens and this year we raised our own chicks.
Nine years ago we planted a small orchard of 50 trees and each year we do an Apple Picking Day for charity.
We also have a small vegetable garden which I would hope to expand in the future.
Farm Activities Offered To Participants
On our farm we hope to provide a safe and rewarding environment, which can be used by service users to develop new skills and gain self confidence.
Tasks undertaken include:
- Light fire
- Look after dining space
- Feed birds
- Chop sticks
- Trim hedges
- Fix up hen house
- Feed hens, collect eggs
- Weed vegetable garden
- Plant seeds and bulbs
- Look after orchard
- Mend hedges and ditches
- Weed hedges
- Make compost
- Feed sheep
- Help with lambing
- Feed cattle
- Help with care of sheep and cattle
- Paint outside old house
- Paint floor on old house
- Make jam
- Baking and preparing special lunches
I came to Social Farming from a background in Special needs teaching and my husband is a civil servant.
Currently we have two service users attending our farm, who have learning disabilities but are physically very strong and able.
I feel my background in teaching and my degree in Psychology as well as a more recent certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) are very beneficial in my role as a Social Farmer, especially as service users are often challenged by situations which for most people would be less impactful.
My husband Paul and I were involved in the SoFAB Project as far back as 2012.Indeed we spoke at their Conference in Belfast Castle in September 2014, representing farm families. As part of the Project we hosted an Open Day and Training Day for new trainee Social Farmers. We are one of only three farmers to have secured a contract with a Health Service, beginning in January 2015.During the Spring of 2016 we were involved in a six week taster session organised by Rural Support,again this was a successful venture, with the merits of Social Farming shining through.
Since my employment with the Southern Trust I have worked closely with The Health and Safety Works Team and the NFU who have both made site visits, to ensure that our risk assessments are both comprehensive and progressive.