Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are seeking farmers to register their interest in becoming hosts on a pilot Social Farming project in County Cork.

Participants are invited from all types of farms including suckler and dairy herds, equestrian, tillage, goats, sheep and many mixed farm enterprises.

Social farming creates the opportunity to reconnect farmers with their local communities through opening up of their farms as a community based support for a range of people with many different needs. There are a number of benefits to farmers who have participated in Social Farming projects which includes a strong sense of personal satisfaction from seeing the difference in participant’s lives and the development of new friendships and connections which helps to reduce isolation that can be a difficulty faced by many farmers.

People who have successfully engaged in Social Farming activities include people experiencing mental health difficulties, people with disabilities (intellectual, physical and sensory), older people, refugees, people availing of drug/alcohol rehabilitation services, people with dementia, and those in the justice system among others.

This model has operated successfully throughout Ireland since 2016, and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are excited to be involved in this pilot project.

An information evening will be held at 7pm on the 25th of February at Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, The Mill, Castletownroche, County Cork. Interested farmers and their families are invited to contact Mary Gubbins of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership on (022) 46580 or email maryg@avondhublackwater.com for further details and/ or to confirm attendance at the information evening.