Social farming and gardening has transformed community work in Northern Ireland over the past 15 years, and is capable of much more.
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SF&G is uniquely placed to gather evidence about what works and what is needed. We have had a staff member in Northern Ireland since 2011, and since then we have worked with many of the new and established community growing projects in Northern Ireland. During the past five years we have:
Focused on capacity-building by advising allotment and community garden groups, organising training and facilitating visits to established sites.
Convened the biannual Northern Ireland Allotment and Community Garden Forum, bringing together a range of stakeholders from Northern Ireland and the South - councils and local authorities, government agencies, NGOs and allotment and community garden representatives - to meet, share ideas, get to know each other and find out what's going on around the country
Our 'Growing Resilience: Digging Deeper' project aims to increase social capital and resilience in the community growing sector. On this page you can find the newly published report on 'The Resilience of the Community Growing Sector in Northern Ireland' written during lockdown.
See below for a map view or list of Social Farms & Gardens members in this Northern Ireland, as well as local news, events and case studies. There are also lots of useful information resources available for social farmers, gardeners and growers on our Resources page.
If you are looking for members that offer commissioned health, social care or special education services (such as care farms),please follow this link.
You can also get useful information via the SF&G Northern Ireland Facebook page:
Over the past few weeks our COVID-19 member impact survey has already collected a huge number of responses from our members across Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. The responses received so far indicate that across the country members have been profoundly impacted by the lockdown and social...
The popular School Farms Conference is back in 2021. This year's theme is 'Growing People, Plants and Animals'. For the 4th year, the Conference and Awards will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester and will take place over the 2nd – 3rd July 2021.
Trustee liability can be a barrier to individuals joining charity boards and can also be a worry for individuals on a board. This is especially so during times of unprecedented crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic.
SF&G have launched a series of online webinars designed to help members tackle the most pressing concerns arising from this crisis, and to share best practice and inspiration from around the country. Themes are based on what members told us were the most immediate and challenging issues.
A 4.5 acre former mill site, now a community garden and wider biopark, this project is a great example of growing community and environmental help by using permaculture practices and building good relationships with local council.
Castlecaufield Horticultural Society are more well known for hosting their popular annual horticultural show, running the walled garden, and their lively street planting which makes the village such a lovely place to visit. In recent weeks (March 2020...