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GROWING CONNECTIONS, CHANGING LIVES Insights and Learning From Social Farming Across Ireland
A National Conference on Social Farming took place in the Emmaus Centre in Swords Co. Dublin last Friday, the 23rd of March. 140 attendees from all over Ireland learnt more about the development of s
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Our Second Conference was held in Belfast Castle, Belfast Co Antrim, Northern Ireland on the 10th September 2014. 

'Social Farming - connecting people, improving lives - The SoFAB Experience'       -    Conference Programme

LISTEN AND WATCH OUR CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS - Click on the speakers name below to view their presentation via you tube link. 

Speaker 1 - Jim Kinsella, SoFAB Project Manager

Speaker 2 - Shane Loughlin, SoFAB Participant

Speakers 3 & 4 - David Small, DARD NI & Anne Derwin Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine RoI

Speaker 5 - Anne Marie Ward, HSE West 

Speaker 6 - Comments on SoFAB Project, Special EU Programmes Body - Lorraine McCourt, Director Joint Technical Secretariat

Speaker 7 - Experience and lessons from SoFAB - Aoibeann Walsh, SoFAB Project Development Worker/ Researcher

Speaker 8 - Costs of Service Delivery  - Jim Kinsella, SoFAB Project Manager    

Speaker 9 -  A health service perspective - Neil Magowan (DHSSPSNI) & Iolo Eilian (NI HSC Board) 

Speaker 10 - A farmer’s perspective - Marie & Paul Kelly (SoFAB Pilot Farmers)

Speaker 11 - Participant perspective - John Murphy (Moeran’s Farm Farrenconnell, Co Cavan)

Speaker 12 - A view from Europe - Francesco Di Iacovo, University of Pisa, Italy

Closing Remarks Brian Smyth, Paul Kelly, Larry Masterson & Jim Kinsella