A group of women visited Quarries Farm, Bangor this morning. Joan, who owns the farm, gave the group a short talk on the farm’s history. She then guided us on a very interesting and informative tour.

As part of WOMEN’STEC ETC programme we are organising a volunteers to get involved with some projects on the farm. This will enable our women to use the new skills they have acquired on our trades courses.

The Growing Connections Project is a collabouration between The Quarries Farm and Growing Connections NI (GCNI), a local member led charity. The project is based at our farm outside Bangor in Northern Ireland. The personal experiences and circumstances of the farm owners, led them to explore the value of working with nature and connecting with like-minded people as a way of promoting personal well-being.

Activities on the farm began in February 2009, with a long term vision to establish a venue where people could connect with nature and each other. We now have growing space for families and individuals, accomodation for hens, pigs and horses, 13 acres of mature and newly planted woodland and space for groups to meet, such as our Greenwoodworking club which meets on Saturdays.