Planning is underway for next month’s Social Farming Awareness Week

They will have five open days during the week on active social farms.

This is an opportunity to celebrate and promote the important work of Rural Support social farms Northern Ireland.

Social farming is the innovative use of agriculture to promote therapy, rehabilitation, social integration, education and social services in rural areas.

Feeding time at Annagh Social Farm

The farm is not a specialized medical facility; Rather, the farm remains a normal working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participating in the farm’s activities in a non-clinical setting.

It also creates an opportunity to reconnect farmers with local communities by opening up their farms as part of the community’s social support system.

A key activity of Rural Support is the development of social farming in Northern Ireland.

They currently have 15 farms running 28 social farming sessions per week, supporting 85 participants in need.

Members enjoy their time at Annagh Social Farm

Since October 2015, the Social Farming Support Service (SFSS) (NI) has been housed within the charity following support from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

The service aims to further develop the social farming network, promote best practice in service delivery and collaborate with other social farming initiatives to raise public awareness of the concept and its development.

Social Farming Awareness Week is an opportunity for anyone interested to learn more and see social farming in action. The week is for anyone who might want to consider social farming as an option for themselves or those they support, including referral organisations, farms, potential participants and their families.

Simon Bullock, Annagh Social Farm, commented: “It has been a great honor to welcome members to our social farm since we started deliveries in 2013.

Enjoy your time at Annagh Social Farm

“Seeing the real impact it has had on these people over the years has been extremely rewarding for us as a family.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to our farm during Social Farming Awareness Week and explaining the many health benefits to our participants.”

Running from Monday 3 October to Friday 7 October, Rural Support will have open farms in all health and social care areas:

Monday 3rd October: Laurelview Equestrian Center – 10.30am – 12.30pm – 18 Knowehead Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, BT39 0BX

Tuesday 4th October: Annagh Social Farm – 10.30am – 12.30pm – 430 Belturbet Road, Derrylin, Enniskillen, BT92 9BR

Wednesday 5 October: Jubilee Farm – 11am-1pm – 50 Glenburn Road, Glynn, Larne, BT40 3JY

Thursday 6th October: Yellow Road Farm – 11am-1pm – 41 Yellow Road, Hilltown, Newry, BT34 5UD

Friday 7 October: Beyond the Stable Door – 11am – 1pm – 40 Kylestone Road, Bangor, BT19 6FJ

Booking is essential as numbers are limited. To book a place, contact Nicky Foster on 0800 138 1678 or email [email protected]

To find out more, visit the NI Farm Support Center at or call the support line freephone 0800 138 1678, open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm. Planning is underway for next month’s Social Farming Awareness Week

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