Social Farming Ireland held an open day on the farm of Social Farmers Catherine Molloy and Brian Dooley near Birr, Co. Offaly this summer. Over 80 people visited the farm for the day to see social farming in practice.
Social farming uses ordinary working farms to provide social, educational and therapeutic activities for individuals who avail of social services and can benefit from the farm’s setting and activities. It offers a range of benefits, such as improved health and well-being, skill development, and real social connections in the community. Social farming is also beneficial to the farmer as it can be an additional source of income while providing a social outlet for what can otherwise be an isolating occupation. Get more information on Social Farming here.