“Social farming services piloted for over a year on 20 farms showed that these were cost effective when compared to existing day care services” – Dr.Jim Kinsella (SoFAB Project Manager & UCD) Belfast Conference

Dr Jim Kinsella (Project Manager UCD) commented that: ‘the SoFAB Project has been very successful in raising awareness, learning lessons, training people and paving the way for social farming in Ireland and Northern Ireland’. He was adamant that: ‘the future of social farming lay in converting the interest of the Health Trusts and the Health Services Executive into contracted services with farmers that have the potential to offer thousands of people the opportunity to avail of social farming in years to come’ and he added that ‘the social farming services piloted for over a year on 20 farms showed that these were cost effective when compared to existing day care services’.

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