Thursday, 14 July 2022
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
I am a strong proponent of the Social Farming movement. It is has multi-faceted benefits for the farmers as well as those who attend the farms. It is a truly inspirational concept. I met with Social Farmers from Leitrim, Donegal and Kerry since I was appointed Minister.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine provided funding last year totalling almost €777,000 under the Rural Innovation & Development Fund towards the development of the national Social Farming Network and for the development of a number of social farming model projects.
I am examining all options regarding funding models and streams for this movement.