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, Romaina, Spain and the UK

The objective of the SoEngage project is 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.

The partners of the SoEngage project represent 6 regions: UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain.

The partners will share their expertise and resources to create a comprehensive set of online self-learning resources. The online resources will provide farmers with training to develop their competence to engage in social farming. The training will include case studies taken from real social farm practices across the partner regions.

Training will be delivered to over 300 trainees who will be 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.


First Project Meeting: Belfast, Northern Ireland

The first project meeting took place on the 15 & 16 November 2018 with partners from Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain and two UK partners. The meeting was held in the EU Commission offices in Belfast and began with each partner providing an overview of their involvement in social farming.

The first piece of project work is to research the current situation of social farming in each region and for each partner to identify 25 farmers who will take part in the project to test the training as it is developed. The group of farmers will include those already involved in social farming as well as those who are interested in getting involved in social farming. The case studies to be used in the training will be taken from this target group.

Partners at the first project meeting: N Ireland November 2019

Electronic SoEngage Newsletter

PDF SoEngage Newsletter November 2018

TRANSNATIONAL PROJECT MEETINGS:
Poland 25 & 26 February 2019
Spain 20 & 21 May 2019
Romania 21 & 22 October 2019
UK February 2020
Germany 7 & 8 May 2020