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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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2014 Conference

Conference 2 Slide Presentations


Conference Schedule


1. Conference Introduction - Jim Kinsella


2. Personal Experience and Journey of a Social Farming Participant - Shane Loughlin


3. Comments on SoFAB Project, Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, NI - David Small, Deputy Secretary, Service Delivery Group, DARD NI. 


4. Comments on SoFAB Project, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, RoI - Anne Derwin, Chief Economist Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine RoI


5. Comments on SoFAB Project, Health Service Executive (West) RoI - Anne Marie Ward, Manager, Training and Occupational Support Services


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


13. Making Social Farming Happen - Brian Smyth (LDCo)


14. Break out groups to identify ways of making social farming happen in the future (report will be available shortly).


15. Closing Remarks - Jim Kinsella and Paul Kelly



A link to the full recording of the conference proceedings is available on you tube - click here

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