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The Kerry Social Farming Project is under the legal umbrella of lead partner South Kerry Development Partnership CLG.

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What We Do About Kerry Social Farming

Established in 2013 and operating social farms since 2014, Kerry Social Farming (KSF) was founded on principles of equality, social inclusion, voluntary community development and collaboration. It is currently the only voluntary model of social farming in Ireland in that farmers are not paid for their time with participants. It is a locally-led, community-based, shared service that provides farming and social inclusion opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries, all within local communities. Support for social farming in Ireland, including Kerry Social Farming, comes primarily from the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM) through its Commission for Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) Rural Innovation and Development Fund. As well as its fit with CEDRA, KSF is also aligned with Kerry’s Local Economic & Community Plan and receives support through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). HSE’s New Directions provides the framework for the governance, planning and implementation of KSF based on person-centredness, community inclusion, active citizenship and quality.

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Our mission is to offer real and sustainable opportunities for social inclusion, choice/rights and quality of life for people with disabilities in County Kerry by providing the opportunities to engage in the farming community.

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Growth & Development of Kerry Social Farming

The Kerry Social Farming Project commenced in 2013 under the auspices of lead partner South Kerry Development Partnership CLG. The research findings from the Iveragh uplands and Rural Vibrancy in South Kerry more widely point to the broader value of farming to society and the economy as well as the strength of rural vibrancy demonstrated by rising volunteerism through a time of austerity.

It is within this context that in 2013, a working group was formed of members from families of people with a disability, farmers, service providers, community development organisations and local government to create the Kerry Social Farming project or KSF (SKDP). The KSF Working Group held its first meeting on 29th May 2013. Prior to May 2013, six months of planning and development work was carried out including attending conferences in Carrick-on-Shannon, Belfast and Armagh, as part of the Social Farming Across Borders (SoFAB) project.

Members of the working group visited social farms in Summerhill and Monaghan. Meetings were held with all the service providers in Kerry and they agreed to participate in the working group and support the project.

From the beginnings in early 2013, Kerry Social farming has helped to build closer links between the farming community and people with disabilities and has grown steadily and sustainably from year to year, delivering 76 days of social farming within the first six months of July-December 2013 to 264 social farming days in the last six month period from January to June 2017. The KSFP has expanded from four farms in 2013 to a total of 11 social farms by the end of October 2017, three of which were newly established in 2017. A further three farms are in start-up phase by and will be up and running in early January 2018.


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Research

An evaluation of Kerry Social Farming (KSF) was commissioned by the KSF working group in 2016 to review the implementation of the Project.

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Information

We promote Social Farming as a viable option for achieving improved quality of life for people who use health & social services & for farm families.

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Funding & Other Supports

KSF funding & labour inputs comes from a number of sources. The project is primarily funded from the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine.

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Kerry Social Farming Partners

Kerry Social Farming operates on a collaborative basis, and since 2013 has grown to incorporate a number of social farming partners. Our partners are as follows:

Lead Partner South Kerry Development Partnership CLG
Host Farmer Representatives
Social Farm Participants Representatives
St John of Gods Kerry Services
Kerry Parents and Friends Association
Enable Ireland
Down Syndrome Ireland, Kerry Branch
Cunamh Iveragh
HSE
Kerry County Council
North East West Kerry Development Partnership
Together we are the Kerry Social Farming Working Group who steer the sustainable expansion and development of Kerry Social Farming.

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