Social farming and gardening has transformed community work in Northern Ireland over the past 15 years, and is capable of much more. 

Coronavirus COVID -19

If you are in need of support and guidance around any issues related to Covid 19 then we recommend referring to this resource by the NICVA, who have created a dedicated Covid -19 hub page on their website below.

The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

If there is anything not covered in this that you seek support with please email patricia@farmgarden.org.uk

For our full Coronavirus COVID - 19 support page click here

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
  • Stimulated cooperation between statutory agencies and the community sector, for example through the workplace allotments at Parliament buildings

Growing Resilience: Digging Deeper

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. 

Outdoor Wellbeing Network for NI

The Outdoor Wellbeing Network for Northern Ireland helps to develop and promote green care in Northern Ireland.

    On this page

    • 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: facebook_button.png

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    Get Involved

    If you want to know more about our work in Northern Ireland or want information as a community grower yourself, you can contact:

    Northern Ireland Development Coordinator - Patricia Wallace patricia@farmgarden.org.uk

    Growing Resilience Project Officer - Miriam Turley  miriam@farmgarden.org.uk

    Growing Resilience Project Coordinator (Derry/Londonderry) - Conor O'Kane conor@farmgarden.org.uk

    We work with Community Gardens Ireland (CG Ireland), a voluntary organisation that was created in 2011 as an online support network. Visit their website.

    Latest news

    chris-blythe.jpgChris Blythe, Social Farms & Gardens Director since April 2017, has left the organisation for new and different opportunities.    
      
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    We are pleased to announce that SF&G will be part of a new European Erasmus Plus project called Learning Bubbles: an investigation into potential collaborations between schools, community gardens and the digital world. ...

    Upcoming events

    Start / End Date: 3rd March 2022, 12:00 to 13:00

     In our final webinar on legal formats, we discuss charities, their unique suitability for grant-funded organisations, limits to profit-generating activities and ways to maximise income generation within these constraints. 

    Start / End Date: 16th February 2022 to 17th February 2022

    CEVAS is an accredited training programme for anyone wanting to provide education or therapeutic (care farming) experiences on a farm or in a countryside location.

    Start / End Date: 29th March 2022 15:30 - 18:30

    A workshop for anyone engaging with or working in schools on keeping exotic animals and how they can provide learning and therapeutic outcomes. Covering health and welfare, set up and activity ideas.

    Useful Case Studies

    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.

    Lackan Cottage Farm is a permaculture smallholding near the beautiful Mourne Mountains in Co. Down run by Steve and Claire Golemboski-Byrne, and has been running for 2 years. 

    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...