Care farming for health and social care

Care farming services can be an effective alternative to traditional types of care.

Care farming is sometimes called social farming, and it means the theraputic use of farming practices. It's a way for people to take part in real activity with purpose and meaning.

From seed planting to feeding animals, people can get involved in a way that suits them and their needs. More time outdoors and in nature can be good for mental health and wellbeing too.  


“Care farming fits with the philosophy of person-centred care which addresses people’s needs.” 

Mary - social worker

Health and social care referrals 

People can be referred to care farms through health and social care providers.

Find out how partnerships between care farms and health and social care agencies work on our case studies page or find your nearest care farm.

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