We firmly believe that care farmers need to be properly reimbursed for their time and expertise and that care farms need a strong economic foundation, however we also firmly believe that the main driver of care farming cannot be financial gain. Visiting care farms around the UK you will find what connects the care farmers is their passion to help others. This should always be the primary consideration when thinking about starting out in care farming. Care farms are extremely varied and are often developed off the back of an existing enterprise. Many care farmers supplement their income from other sources such as commercial farming, educational visit fees, farm shops or cafes or even through accessing external funding (grants, donations, crowdfunding or sponsorship).  

Clone of How can I get practical support with care farming?

We encourage anyone developing a care farm to work towards our Code of Practice.

Can you help me with acquiring land for setting up a care farm? 

Land acquisition is a very broad subject and can differ from region to region depending on the policies of the Local Authority.

I don't have any animals - can I still be classed as a care farm?

Absolutely. Care farming activities can include growing crops and vegetables, horticulture and land management.

Is my farm already a care farm?

If you are regularly working with people with a defined need and are doing activities outdoors which might include animal assisted therapy, growing

Is there any funding for setting up a care farm?

As far as SF&G is aware, there is no funding specifically available for setting up a care farm.

What do I need to consider if I'm not a farmer?

If you're not a farmer there are a few things to think about before you get started with care farming. 

What do I need to consider if I'm a farmer?

If you're a farmer interested in care farming there are a few questions to ask before you start.