The Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals from suitable service providers to deliver a national social farming network.

A total of €400,000 is being made available in 2020 for the programme. A tendering process has opened for submissions until 15 April, for the development and implementation of a tailored work programme in support of social farming at national level.

Social farming

The Department describes social farming as: “The practice of offering, on a voluntary basis, farming and horticultural participation in a farming environment as a choice to people who avail of a range of therapeutic day support services. These operations are run in a number of settings ranging from working family farms, local community initiatives through to more institutional frameworks.”

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