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.