John Murphy of Kildinan opened the doors of his home and the gates of his farm to a huge crowd last Thursday morning when he hosted a Social Farming Open Day. 

Social Farming is a relatively new initiative in Ireland which provides placement on family farms as a form of social service.

People who have successfully engaged on social farms include people with mental health difficulties, people with disabilities, older people, young people at risk, children, people availing of drug/alcohol rehabilitation services and offenders, among others.

Kieran Barrett from Glanmire and Majida Wentzel from Midleton got the opportunity to take part in social farming at John Murphy’s farm through Bonnington Training Centre (BTC) in Cork city which is a training centre for people who have left school.

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