Over €800,000 for Social Farming Network in Ireland
The fund is totalling €804,825, for initiatives to promote and develop social farming projects in rural areas.
The Minister has awarded funding of €542,325 to two social farming projects as part of a competitive tender process under the CEDRA scheme.
The first project contract was awarded to the Leitrim Development Company to design, develop and implement a Social Farming Network across Ireland with funding of €400,000.
The second project was awarded to South Kerry Development Partnership with funding of €142,325 for the provision of a Social Farming Model Project with national benefits.
Two additional social farming project proposals were awarded part-funding of €250,000. Down Syndrome Ireland (Cork Branch) was awarded funding of €137,000 to develop a horticultural centre for adults with Down Syndrome.
Funding of €113,000 was awarded to Leitrim Development Company, in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), to establish a social farming best practice project for both local and national audiences.
Finally, the Department provided sponsorship of €12,500 to Barry Kavanagh (supported by Social Farming Across Boundaries Ltd.) for his award-winning social farming garden at Bloom 2016, which helped to raise awareness and promote the concept of social farming. ■