Social Farm

Doon Social Farm is a 33 acre organic farm which provides therapeutic services to people in society who are experiencing social isolation, particularly young people. The farm was inspired by the success of Social Farms in Holland and the United Kingdom which have proven successful in addressing the causes of isolation/exclusion along with offering choice and removing barriers to education for young people in the area.

Social Farming, (Also known as Care/Green Farming) is an emerging form of social enterprise that uses a farm environment to deliver health and education benefits to participants. It is defined in Di Iacocca & O Connor (2009) as: “..Farming practices aimed at promoting disadvantaged people’s rehabilitation, education and care”

This farms offers horticultural education through a Local Training Initiative and short day and evening courses delivered through Community Education. Traditional Social Farming is also offered to promote social care; rehabilitation and a range of health and well-being outcomes. This farm environment also offers a very diverse range of activities and opportunities to schools and groups and develops innovative activity-based programs for participants.

The Farm Shop sells a range of organic produce from eggs, salads, vegetables to fruit.

Social Farm Participants Include Early school leavers, people who are not employed or in education, people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse, young offenders, people with various disabilities, people with mental health issues, marginalised youths and young people who may have an interest in gaining knowledge about farming.


Upcoming Courses

Last few places remaining.
Learn how to grow food organically.
Where: Doon Social Farm
When: 12 October 2pm – 4pm
Social Farming is an emerging form of education and is being used to successfully integrate marginalised people. It allows for the building of relationships and trust between professionals, educators, and the target group. It offers participants a set of daily tasks which provide opportunities for teamwork, growth and the development of a sense of shared responsibility.

The care of animals, the raising of crops, and the potential for maintenance projects are just some of the rich opportunities provided by Social Farming models. Biodiversity and sustainable development goals are key to our practice on our organic farm. Mainstreaming biodiversity into education and learning is one of the key priorities for UNESCO’s. They see how biodiversity education can bring sustainable practices in and to shape new ways of seeing the world, to be able to see new practices and develop behaviours. The farm offers a series of practical farm tasks, working with animals and biodiversity education.

The Social Farm looks to address the causes of isolation/exclusion, and barriers to education for individuals and groups. Our social farm, (also known as Care/Green Farming) is a social enterprise that uses a farm environment to deliver health and educational benefits to participants. It is defined in Di Iacovo and O’Connor, (2009) as: “…Farming practices aimed at promoting disadvantaged people’s rehabilitation, education and care” This multifunctional use of farms has been introduced from grass roots level offering opportunities such as: education; social care; rehabilitation; and a range of health and well- being outcomes.

Please contact us by clicking the Register Now button if you need any further information. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!

Where: Doon Social Farm
When: Times and dates are arranged to suit the group
Social Farming is an emerging form of education and is being used to successfully integrate marginalised people. It allows for the building of relationships and trust between professionals, educators, and the target group. It offers participants a set of daily tasks which provide opportunities for teamwork, growth and the development of a sense of shared responsibility.

The care of animals, the raising of crops, and the potential for maintenance projects are just some of the rich opportunities provided by Social Farming models. Biodiversity and sustainable development goals are key to our practice on our organic farm. Mainstreaming biodiversity into education and learning is one of the key priorities for UNESCO’s. They see how biodiversity education can bring sustainable practices in and to shape new ways of seeing the world, to be able to see new practices and develop behaviours. The farm offers a series of practical farm tasks, working with animals and biodiversity education.

The Social Farm looks to address the causes of isolation/exclusion, and barriers to education for individuals and groups. Our social farm, (also known as Care/Green Farming) is a social enterprise that uses a farm environment to deliver health and educational benefits to participants. It is defined in Di Iacovo and O’Connor, (2009) as: “…Farming practices aimed at promoting disadvantaged people’s rehabilitation, education and care” This multifunctional use of farms has been introduced from grass roots level offering opportunities such as: education; social care; rehabilitation; and a range of health and well- being outcomes.

Please contact us by clicking the Register Now button if you need any further information. We look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Where: Doon Social Farm
When: Times and dates are arranged on an individual client basis

Doon Social Farm

Main Street

Doon


Co. Limerick

V94 12T0

Telephone: 061-380808

Email: admin@ballyhourars.org or manager@ballyhourars.org

Volunteers

The farm offers a range of volunteering opportunities from farm work/planting, educational supports, social care, work experience and administration through to retail sales in our Farm Shop. Click here to register your interest.


Corporate Social Responsibility

We are actively seeking to work with business in the Limerick area who are looking to take part in philanthropic causes and provide positive social value for their employees. We feel through the farm there is a real opportunity to make a difference for employees and help build positive brand image around supporting the work on Doon Social Farm. If you are interested in this area please contact Tom Kent on 0870564369 or email manager@ballyhourars.org


Resources

LTI Autumn 2021 Flyer – Download Here

Gifts and Donations

Doon Social Farm welcome financial donations as well as items such as;

  • Farm tools and equipment
  • Fencing
  • Gardening tools
  • Safety and outdoor equipment such as boots, wellies and rain-gear

If you would like to make a donation, please contact us by phone 061380808/ email manager@ballyhourars.org or click the Donate Now button below.