SOCIAL FARMING offers specialist services and meaningful activities to suit specific requirements and it is this kind of personalised care that more people need to hear about throughout Ireland.
Social farmers in the Border Region and all over Europe provide services in a safe, farming environment for people with a range of educational, social, physical and mental health needs.
Social Farming Across Borders (SoFAB) @Lairdhse06
MORE needs to be done to raise awareness of social farms in Ireland and the range of valuable services they offer.
Well done and thanks for all the hard work
Down at Blissberry Social Farm we believe Community Gardening is the best cure for austerity blues!
This time of year, as I’m looking through gardening suppliers catalogues, I’m always astonished at how expensive gardening can become, if you go for all the gadgets and miracle cures. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Apart from a good spade, a garden fork, a simple hoe, a sharpening stone, a sharp pocket knife, a pair of secateurs and some smaller hand tools, you really don’t need a lot. Old food trays, the type that fish and mushrooms come in, make excellent seed trays, yoghurt pots, tetra bricks and plastic milk bottles cut in half make plant pots and margarine pots cut into strips make fine plant labels. Wooden vegetable boxes and white plastic mushroom trays make good transplant trays if you line them with newspaper. Compost bins can be made with old pallets and go to your local seed swap event to get your seeds. Even better; save your seeds from your own plants, it’s not hard to do and if you get it right, your plants should end up being better adapted to your specific growing site and conditions, year after year.
If you can, collect horse manure from stables nearby and get your compost in bulk from a community composting scheme, which is much cheaper than buying bags. Diluted with sand and leaf mould, it will make good seed compost. But most of all, get together with other people in your neighbourhood and share tools, seeds, plants and above all enthusiasm and you’ll find that gardening is the best cure for austerity blues!
Thinking this afternoon about the therapeutic and social benefits of our local hazel woodland in that the physical and mental health of anyone participating would be significantly improved if only spending a few hours outdoors and in nature each week.
Our local woodlands in Donegal are might assets to us all – like the one on our doorstep “The Hazelwood at the Waterfall” here at Blissberry Farm.
Did you know outdoor time gives better focus and concentration; improves asthma; increases self-esteem; lower risk of obesity (↓BMI); better social relationships with peers; encourages autonomy and decreases fears.
Watch this space for new programme opportunities here at Blissberry Social Farm with #socialfarmimg and #ecotherapy
After some discussion we decided our Thursday event this week will be down in our Hazelwood . . . . if you go out to the woods today you’re in for some surprise . . . this weeks activity ‘make a ‘dead hedge’ ! At break time last week we decided a dead hedge is an environmentally friendly and good looking way to deal with our pruning that can’t be composted in the Hazelwood. More about this later