'Social farming' project under way
A CAMPAIGN has begun to attract people to 'social farming' in the cross-border region.
The SoFAB project is inviting farm families to apply to become 'pilot farms.' The aim is to have approximately two farms per county operating in 2013.
Each farm will offer 'a day a week' for 30 weeks, with an average of three people attending each farm.
Many people wishing to link to farming and rural lifestyle have come from such backgrounds, or are urban people seeking new outdoor opportunities.
Farmers selected will be supported in a working partnership with a health provider and will receive training and a small grant. This is to meet environmental health, safety and welfare requirements. A SoFAB network will also be established.
Applications for consideration as pilot farms can be made at www.socialfarmingacrossborders.org or from the project office, Leitrim Development Company, Drumshanbo 071-96-41772.