What is the Growing Care Farming project? 

Social Farms & Gardens, in partnership with Thrive, delivered the Growing Care Farming Project between May 2019-March 2022.

The initiative was part of the Government’s Children and Nature Programme supported by Defra, funded by the Department of Education and managed by Natural England.  

Care Farming aimed to expand and transform care farming services across England through a programme of central support, regional engagement, training and quality assurance.

The Growing Care Farming Project was an opportunity to transform the scale of the care farming sector across England, creating more opportunities for both children and adults with a defined need, to benefit from health, social and specialist educational care services delivered on care farms.

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