Social farming encouraged in the North West

Farms in recent times have become increasingly linked to tourism activities leading to the establishment of a number of on farm rural tourism enterprises.

Indeed the concept of ‘Social Farming’ has also grown roots in Ireland.

Social Farming became established in Ireland as part of an EU INTERREG IVA Funded project called ‘Social Farming Across Borders’ which operated in the Border counties of Ireland and all of Northern Ireland from 2011 to 2014.

SoFI opened in April 2015 in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim and is led by Leitrim Integrated Development Company.

Dr Teresa Hooks from the National Rural Network works with a number of stakeholders. Covering issues such as farm viability, climate change, biodiversity, EIP-AGRI and LEADER.

She’s been explaining what social farming is about to the Ocean FM Farm Desk: