This course is an introduction to working with people who have a Learning Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder on a care farm or other green care site and is available as a one day face to face course or an online blended learning version which takes place over two weeks.

More details:

The Care Farming for Learning Disabilities and ASD course explores how care farming can be provided to meet the needs of this user group.  The course will investigate how to assess local demand for this provision and how to establish relationships with potential referrers. The specific benefits of care farming for this service user group will be discussed and consideration will be given to how to create activity sessions, how these fit into a typical day, and how to plan over a longer period.  Participants will investigate the importance of assessment, determining outcomes and possible progression routes and thought will be given to developing a care farm site to make it accessible and compatible for activities and users. There will aslo be signposting to further information and how Social Farms & Gardens support the expansion of care farming through the Growing Care Farming resources and the care farming Code of Practice.

This course is relevant for care farmers, prospective care farmers and green care providers who would like to offer regular, structured services to people with a Learning Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder as part of a health or social care or education programme. 

One day face to face option:

The one day face to face course is held on a Code of Practice care farm or green care site. The day starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 4.00 - 4.30pm with lunch included. Four care farming for LD and ASD face to face courses will be held per year, with the geographical location rotating around the country. 


**All our face to face training is currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions **

**NEW** Blended learning option:

The blended learning option provides the flexibility to enable participants to work through engaging learning material in their own time combined with live events where they can interact with each other, course tutors and care farming practitioners. Courses represent 7-10 hours learning and 'go live' on the Friday of week one, and finish two weeks later on the Friday of week 2. The schedule can be found here 

The cost of the course is usually £110 but through the Growing Care Farming project we can offer the course at a subsidised rate of £50


  • Course starts Friday 12th November 2021 (with live events on the 19th or the 23rd Nov), course ends Friday 26th November. More details and booking 
  • Course starts Friday 11th February 2022 (with live events on the 18th or the 22nd Feb), course ends Friday 25th February. More details and booking 

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