SoEngage: Engaging farmers in social farming
Engaging farmers in social farming (SoEngage)
Project Number: 2018-1-UK01-KA202-047975
SoEngage is funded through Erasmus+
KA2 Strategic Partnership in the field
of Vocational Education and Training for 2yrs
from 01-10-2018 to 30-09-2020.
The SoEngage Project Partners are from:
Germany, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK
SoEngage Objective: to develop training to support farmers engage in Social Farming for economic benefit and sustainability of the farm and the rural community.
Social Farming, also known as Care Farming or Farming for Health offers farmers the opportunity to use their agricultural expertise and resources to provide health (mental and physical), social or educational care support services.
The farm remains a working farm where people who need care support benefit from participating in farm activities in a non-clinical environment.
SoEngage defination of social farming
The partners of the SoEngage project represent 6 regions: UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain.
The partners shared their expertise and resources to create a comprehensive set of online self-learning resources. The online resources provide farmers with training to develop their competence to engage in social farming. The training includes case studies taken from real social farm practices across the partner regions.
Training was tested with over 300 trainees who were involved in testing the training from the beginning and throughout the term of the project.
The SoEngage training will be available in the 5 languages of the partners (English, German, Polish, Spanish and Romanian) and available as an Open Educational Resource (OER) which can be shared easily across the EU to engage farmers in social farming.
As a result of the development of these easily accessible online and digital platforms the training can be shared easily across Europe to engage farmers in social farming. This will benefit farmers through the entrepreneurial opportunity it provides them. It will benefit the people who use the social farm services by providing more professional services and will benefit the wider rural community through the social, economic and cultural sustainability.
Northern Ireland (UK) 15 & 16 November 2018
Poland 25 & 26 February 2019
Spain 20 & 21 May 2019
Romania 21 & 22 October 2019
UK 24 & 25 February 2020
Germany 7 & 8 May 2020