Germany: Hof und Leben GmbH (HuL) is based in Bavarian region of Germany. They offer long term professional consulting to family run farms. This includes investment and financing, advice on farm succession and how to optimise farm outcomes in a sustainable way within production and along interesting added value chains. HuL is also working in the certification of sustainability of energy based on biogas.
Ireland: Leitrim Integrated Development Company Limited is a community led local development company providing advice and guidance to farmers /farm families throughout Ireland who wish to establish social farming services through information and training events. They assist with understanding the potential and delivery of social farming services; raise public awareness of social farming through public events, mainstream and social media, engage with and support new initiatives around Ireland to progress and develop social farming.
Poland: Association ARID is a private association working in the vocational education field. Their main goal is to develop and promote enterprise through lifelong learning. The team of experienced scientists and researchers provide a comprehensive package of services for people who live in rural areas to address the needs of modern Polish enterprises especially on matters like innovation and technology.
Romania: CPIP 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”.
Spain: DEFOIN was established in 2009 and provide a comprehensive range of training and consultancy services. Training solutions are tailored to the management and delivery of continuing and occupational training for businesses and employed and unemployed. The team of highly qualified trainers offer over 100 professional course in 12 regions of Spain leading which lead to awards certification.
UK: The Rural Centre is a limited company with charitable status established in 1993. Its aim is to promote peace building and respect for cultural diversity by connecting people to collaborate and build relationships cross community, cross border and between other regions of Europe. It does this through tailor made educational and thematic study visits within this region or to other regions of Europe; European projects to share best practice with partners across Europe and cultural awareness training for business, community and education.
UK: Rural Support was established as a charity in 2002 and works to promote a vibrant, healthy and resilient farming community in Northern Ireland. Through its confidential helpline and Farm Business Support service, the charity provides professional and practical support to farmers, farm families and farm businesses. The staff, mentor, and volunteer teams support farmers to deal with farming issues and financial matters, which can improve their emotional, mental and physical health.
Since 2015, Rural Support is responsible for the Social Farming Support Service (SFSS) for Northern Ireland. The SFSS promotes the practice of Social Farming and supports existing and new Social Farming initiatives regionally. The focus of the SFSS is on both the farmer who delivers the Social Farming service and the participant who benefits from meaningful activity in a farm environment.