Kerry Social Farming is a voluntary, locally led, community based initiative.

The FARCURA project 2020

The FARCURA project continues to progress with a meeting on 6th/7th January 2020 at Limerick IT Campus, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Kerry Social Farming was represented by Joseph McCrohan, SKDP Rural Development manager. Discussions took place on project management and outputs and on various national and European reports on state of the art social farming. The group also visited Doon Social Farm, Co. Limerick an initiative run by Ballyhoura Rural Services.

SKDP are part of the FARCURA research on social farming in Europe. The FARCURA website is now live for more information on this project.

Social Farming (FACURA Project) - Erasmus+ Project

Kerry Social Farming is committed to engaging with Irish and European partners for the further advancement of social farming and opportunities for host farmers and participants in a wider European context. With that, SKDP is one of several partners, with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) as lead/applicant partner, in a successful submission, Fostering inclusion through Social Farming (FARCURA Project), which has been granted European funding under the Erasmus+ Programme.

The FARCURA Project will run from October 2018 to September 2020 and aims at developing a flexible training course (workshops and E-Learning portal) for farmers; agricultural training consultants/ advisors; higher education staff; farming and social care representative bodies on the new and innovative topic of social farming.

The FARCURA project consortium consists of 8 partners from Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Belgium and Germany. The partners involved in the project are:

Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland
South Kerry Development Partnership CLG, Ireland
Zavod Grunt, Slovenia
Biotehniski center Naklo, Slovenia
Hof und Leben GmbH, Germany
Agrarsoziale Gesellschaft e.V., Germany
ADRIMAG - Associacao de Desenvolvimento Rural e Integrado das Serras de Montemuro, Arada e Gralheira, Portugal

Evaluation of Kerry Social Farming (KSF)

An Evaluation of Kerry Social Farming (KSF) was commissioned by the KSF working group in 2016 to review the implementation of the Project to date and to help inform its future development. The research was funded by the Department for Agriculture Food and the Marine (via Commision for Economic Development of Rural Areas Programme, Rural Innovation and Development Fund (CEDRA)) and was carried out by Dr Brendan O Keeffe (Mary Immaculate College), Dr Caroline Crowley (Crowley Independent Research) and Dr Shane O Sullivan (Limerick Institute of Technology). A link to the KSF evaluation report 2017 can be accessed here:

Additional research which has informed both the development of social farming in Kerry as well as the evaluation report on Kerry Social Farming, include the Iveragh Uplands Report and an assessment on Rural Vibrancy in Kerry. These reports highlighted that farming has a greater societal role to play in Ireland and also have highlighted the strength of the voluntary spirit that is present in Irish rural communities.

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