Field of Dreams was officially launched by Down Syndrome Cork (DS Cork) at its gala dinner which was held at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel on November 14th. Making the announcement was Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Kathleen Lynch Minister for State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care (Disability & Older People) and Mental Health, who are supporting the project.
Field of Dreams will be a market garden for the cultivation of fruit, vegetable and farm produce. It will be a ground-breaking demonstrator project which will provide education, training and rewarding work opportunities for adults with Down Syndrome in a safe, secure and inspirational environment.
The Munster Agricultural Society has made available a three acre site in Curraheen to DS Cork for the exciting and innovative project for which planning will be sought by the end of the year with the aim of commencing the enterprise in June 2016.
PM Group is working with DS Cork providing pro bono engineering and project management services to help make the dream a reality. DS Cork are now looking to engage with as many partners as possible that might be in a position to support the set up and on-going operation of the project.
Speaking on the announcement, Minister Coveney said: “This is a fantastic concept that will be of huge support to the families and adults with Down Syndrome. It is an example of much dedication and community effort to make something really positive for those with Down Syndrome.”
Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said: “I welcome this project which is the first of its kind in the country. It will provide great opportunities for adults with Down Syndrome to help develop social connectivity and will offer early work experience in a healthy outdoor setting.”
For further information or to discuss opportunities to get involved at an active partner on the Field of Dreams project visit www.downsyndromecork.ie or contact Liam Ahern at Down Syndrome Cork firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony McGrath at PM Group email@example.com