Promote and support the development of Social Farming in the island of Ireland and raise awareness and understanding of its social, health and economic potential among policymakers, farm families, people who avail of support services and their advocates, providers of care and support services, rural development agencies and others.
The world opens up when you look at the horizon.
To provide and maintain a Forum where members can join together to find mutual support, exchange views, share common issues and information, create a collective voice for Social Farming practice and work in partnership with statutory authorities, health trusts and care agencies, people who avail of support services and their advocates, rural development bodies and other interested parties.
Support and assist farm families to set up or develop existing Social Farming practices by all or any of the following means:
(i) organise capacity building training courses for members;
(ii) facilitate networking and information sharing among members and people interested in the development of Social Farming at a local, regional, national and international level;
(iii) represent and advocate and negotiate on behalf of members with regard to financing, insurance and other operational matters;
(iv) promote best practice among members;
(v) develop quality assurance measures and standards;
(vi) provide technical and other support services.
(4) Build an evidence base for the benefits of Social Farming and the case for support for Social Farming as an effective and beneficial social care option.