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What is care farming?

According to Care Farming UK, “care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices. Care farms:

  • Utilise the whole or part of a farm
  • Provide health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people
  • Provide a supervised, structured programme of farming-related activities”

Engaging with the farm has benefits for a wide range of individuals.  They might be young people who do not thrive in a classroom environment; ex-offenders who need the opportunity to re-think their lives and their future; people with learning difficulties who enjoy being with animals or having association with the structure and rhythms of the farming world; and a multitude of others.

Many farmers find they are adept at helping the people who engage with their farms. If you are a farmer looking to find out more about care farming, go to www.carefarminguk.org . You can also search a map of care farms on the same site and find case studies.