Put simply, care farming means the therapeutic use of farming practices.
People regularly attend care farms as part of a health, social care, rehabilitation or specialist education programme.
Care farms are found across the UK. They can look very different from each other and are as diverse as the people that they support. What they have in common is that they all provide a supervised, structured programme of farm-related activity. This might look like care of livestock, growing crops and vegetables, horticulture or land management.
Care farming is increasingly recognised by health, specialist education and social care commissioners for delivering a professional, quality service to a range of people.
Deliver health, social or specialist educational care services for individuals from one or a range of vulnerable groups of people
Provide a programme of farming-related activities for individuals with a defined need
Provide supervised, structured, bespoke care services on a regular basis for service users
Are commissioned to provide services by a range of referral agencies
Deliver services for adults, young people and children