The fourth SoEngage project meeting took place in Timisoara, Romania hosted by the CPIP who are a not for profit NGO that works in the area of lifelong learning since 2010 as a private institution. CPIP is active in the educational and social fields which aim to promote the culture of lifelong learning through active involvement of all community members in developing a coherent strategy for implementing the concept and practice of “learning throughout life”.
The meeting was facilitated by Heather McLaughlin, Coordinator, The Rural Centre, Northern Ireland with participation from each of the 6 partner regions, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK.
Social Farm Case Studies
The focus of this meeting was to link the 3 – 5 case studies per partner which had been agreed at the last meeting in Spain in May 2019 to the training Modules.
The Case Studies included a range of social farms including family owned farms as well as farms owned by organisations and associations.
Five training modules were agreed with each partner responsible for a specific area of training. The partners presented their training modules at the meeting.
1: Social Farming
Aoibeann Walsh, UK Rural Support presenting the training modules on What is Social Farming
2: The Social Farmer’s Skills
Javier Morales, DEFOIN, Spain presenting part one of the Module The Social Farmer’s Skills on “Emotional Intelligence”
Gerogeta Pana, CPIP, Romania presenting Part two of Module The Social Farmer’s Skills on “Soft Skills”
Brian Smyth and Helen Doherty, Leitrin Integrated Development Company Limited, Ireland presenting The Social Farm: Resources available, activities, daily weekly covering the activities on the social farm.
4: The Person on the Farm
Maciej Dymacz, STOWARZYSZENIE ARID, Poland presenting the Module The Person on the Farm covering the participant, the user groups, safe guarding policies.
Johannes Dreer, Hof and Leben GmbH, Germany, presented the Module on The Social Farm Business Plan covering Pricing, funding, SWOT, farm set up – sole trader
Social Farm Visits
Part of the meeting included visits to Social Farms. The first visit was to Asociatia Curtea Culorilor managed by a woman who had moved from Italy and was now producing Italian cheese to sell locally in Timosaria.
The second social farm visit was to one of two centres in Timisoria that supports vulnerable young women through education and mentoring.