Department Announces Request for Tender for a Social farming Network under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund (RIDF)


The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine announces a competitive public procurement procedure under the 2020 Rural Innovation and Development Fund for a Social Farming Network.

Social farming is the practice of offering, on a voluntary basis, farming and horticultural participation in a farming environment as a choice to people who avail of a range of therapeutic day support services.  These operations are run in a number of settings ranging from working family farms, local community initiatives through to more institutional frameworks.

Total funding of €400,000 for 2020 is being made available for the provision of supports for a National Social Farming Network.  This RFT relates to the engagement of services for the development and implementation of a tailored work programme in support of social farming at national level.


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