Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~ Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)
#socialfarming (sometimes called ‘Green care in agriculture’, ‘farming for health’ or ‘care farming’) is defined as the use of (working family farm) farms as a base for promoting mental and physical health.
Social farming at Blissberry Farm in Mountcharles is a partnership between farmer, health care provider and participant, and so combines the care of people with the care of the land.
#SOCIALFARMING is good for rural communities as it enhances the viability of farms, broadens farm business and increases the services derived from the countryside. Farmers receive a deep sense of satisfaction through helping people improve their lives through farming and also by having ‘participants’ attend the farm addresses issues of rural isolation.
#SOCIALFARMING places a high value on the knowledge and skills of farmers and seeks to help rural communities become more socially , economically and environmentally sustainable.
Blissberry Social Farm is one of 20 pilot farms on a cross border project called SoFab (Social Farming Across Borders based in Drumshanbo Leitrim) @leitrimdevco @lairdhse06 promoting #SOCIALFARMING as a viable option for achieving quality of life for people who use health and social services and for farm families through enhancing social inclusion and connecting farmers with their communities.
Our location and environment is ideal for people to benefit from being and participating in the countryside, the natural environment working with animals and involvement with associated development.
I believe Social Farms grow people’s potential.