Why is the ‘Healthy Community Gardening Programme’ at Blissberry Social Farm a good idea? – @blissberryfarm & @mccruddenj1

Blissberry Healthy Gardening Programme – tomorrow (Tuesday) – where people come together, make new friends and learn from each other, while developing a garden which subscribes to practical, sustainable and organic ‘like’ principles. (We are no longer certified but continue to practice organic standards).

You may be asking, “Why is community gardening a good idea at Blissberry Social Farm?” There are many answers to that question. The personal and societal benefits include:

Learning how to grow your own food: a valuable skill that will help you in the future

You get to eat fresh veggies without paying for them!

Health benefits from fresh air and exercise. Working in the soil is good for your skin, and your memory

The garden on the farm is a social space where you can meet new people

It’s a way to change the food system and make it more sustainable and equitable

Contributes to food security and anti-poverty efforts

Community hours (gardening counts as volunteering!)

Contributes to the restoration and enhancement of the natural environment

Builds community!
Gardening is fun and rewarding!

Contact us now to get involved and for more information!!

Contact @blissberryfarm or @mccruddenj1



Social Farming at Blissberry Farm Mountcharles on the airways with Damien O’Reilly RTE Radio 1 CountryWide Programme

SocialFarming @blissberryfarm on @RTECountryWide CountryWide Podcast http://t.co/a1ceDHF12F http://t.co/kPK0VRuwxL

Social Farms grows peoples potential. They provide a healthy daily structure, build . . . . http://t.co/G5jPqDwyes http://t.co/rlTJte6FKA


Putting Rural Communities First – Keep #LEADER in the community: NO to Alignment. #saveldcs

LEADER’s approach involves a rural development methodology that is based on a number of core components including partnership, ‘bottom-up’ territorial development, innovation and cooperation.

LEADER across Europe is about working in partnership with communities in new ways: this might involve rural development approaches that apply new ideas, using new techniques, focusing on alternative markets, bringing diverse sectors and stakeholders together via new networking methods, supporting new priority groups, or finding new solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.

Who rolled these programmes
out in Ireland – Local Development Companies did – and made huge contribution in building capacity,competence and confidence of citizens and communities. Now and more than ever these local development companies on this island need to remain and continue the good work.

Remember over the years it was these companies thar worked with communities in the areas of employment, self-sustainability and attracted investment, helped to improve and bring more amenities and facilities into rural areas.

Now their future is uncertain and such development groups are calling on the public to come out and support them.
Keep #LEADER in the community: NO to Alignment. Support your local development company at LEADER Rally, July 9th at Dail Eireann. #saveldcs


Visitors from Canada and Greece this week to @blissberryfarm were told “It’s a working farm first with many on-farm activities”

“Social farms like @blissberryfarm here in Mountcharles promotes mental and physical health and well-being through participation with normal farming activities. It’s a working farm first with many on-farm activities” so said Larry Masterson.

Larry Masterson joint owner of Blissberry Farm with his wife Winifred and son Patrick informed Canadian and Greek visitors to the farm this week …

“Social Farms are community/social inclusion -based interventions that make use of crops, animals and the land itself to enable vulnerable people to develop a range of skills in a safe and restorative working natural environment.”

“Each social farm session is tailored to meet the needs and circumstances of the individual or group. Flexibility, choice and customisation are key to all our visits whether just for the day or longer.”

Larry also inform the visitors that “Social Farming is also referred to as ‘Ecotherapy’ “. He spoke of evidence gathered from the UK base Mental Health NGO organisation called MIND which stated lately “ecotherapy has a role to play in building and supporting our wellbeing and resilience, and keeping us all healthy.”

Please revert to ‘Feel better outside, feel better inside: Ecotherapy for mental wellbeing, resilience and recovery’ Link – http://www.mind.org.uk/media/399857/Ecotherapy-briefing-health-wellbeing-boards.pdf



@RTECountryWide #sat810am don’t forget Country Markets!

Many of us here in Donegal believe by supporting Country Markets you know what your buying – local home produce prepared in someones local kitchen or taken from their garden.

We also choose to spend our money in that way because as we know by doing so we are making a difference in our communities and by also supporting & encouraging #local entrepreneurship & keeping the monies in our local economy.

Local produce
Honey is one fine example produced locally by fellow Beekeepers in South Donegal at our Apiary on Blissberry Farm. As we all know the benefits of keeping bees are numerous – the rewards of harvesting your own honey or the positive impact the increased pollination will have on our fruit trees and gardens.

Lately we had one special guest and Country Market & Bee champion at Leghowney Country Market –
Ms. Mairead McGuinness MEP
(photo attached with Peter O’Connor & Larry Masterson)


South Donegal Beekeepers Association @SthDonegalbees Monthly Meeting

The July meeting of the South Donegal Beekeepers will be held on Tuesday 1st July at 8.30pm in the GLEBE NATIONAL SCHOOL HALL DONEGAL TOWN .The hall is located at the rear of the Glebe School at the back of SuperValue

The Importance of Feeding

Could those members who have got new bees remember to keep feeding them

A queen will not lay to her full potential if the colony lacks pollen and honey. Keep feeding your new colony honey, or sugar syrup 1:1 and pollen substitute until they occupy two deep hive bodies.

Even if plenty of natural pollen is available a new colony will not have a sufficient foraging force until newly emerging workers are at least three weeks old.

It can take six weeks before the foraging bees can supply the food to meet the needs of a young, laying, queen. Lack of food is the main reason new colonies do not build up quickly.

Keep your new bees well fed.