Growing Care Farming aims to transform the scale of the care farming sector across England. This will create more opportunities for children and adults with a defined need to benefit from the specialist health, care and educational services provided by care farms. GCF will expand and transform care farming services across England through a programme of three elements:
Growing Care Farming (GCF) is part of the Government Programme for Children & Nature which is supported by Defra, funded by the Department for Education and managed by Natural England. The project launched in May 2019 and is being delivered by Social Farms & Gardens, in partnership with Thrive.
Watch our video about the Growing Care Farming project
What is care farming?
Care farming is the theraputic use of farming practices. Find out more about care farming through our resources or get an overview of the scale of the sector via our annual survey reports.
We host networking and webinar events for care farmers, prospective care farmers and others in the green care sector. Visit our Growing Care Farming events page to see what's coming up.
Catch up with our first online conferencein March 2021 or take a look at our Celebrating care farming video produced for the conference.