Care farming case studies

We have developed a number of case studies to help people find out more about care farming - including those interested in starting a care farm or working on a care farm, care farmers, referral agencies, commissioners and potential commissioners in health, social care and specialist education, potential care farming service users and their families

Care farm case studies

Case studies giving a snapshot into what a care farm is like. Our case studies highlight a number of aspects about care farm setup and development, the activities that take place on each farm and the associated challenges and achievements that care farms have experienced. You will also find case studies that look at care farming from a service user’s perspective, demonstrating the immense value that care farming can have for individual beneficiaries and service users

Just click on the care farm name below to access the case studies....

Beetle Bank Social Farm in York provides care for individuals living with dementia; Justin discusses how Beetle Bank has reached the position it is in today, and the challenges and achievements they’ve seen since setup.  

Densholme Care Farm in East Yorkshire has been running for over a decade, providing care mostly for adults with physical or learning difficulties and young people in Alternative Provision. Service users can take part and gain skills in animal husbandry, horticulture and orchard management, fencing and tree planting and even pond digging and maintenance.  

FarmAbility  in Oxford not only provides social farming services for adults with a learning disability but also provides placements for Occupational Therapy students from Oxford Brookes University. 

Hall Farm Eastoft CIC in North Lincolnshire, provides opportunities for young people and adults with specific needs to engage in activities on the farm, as well as organising promotional and educational events for the community to learn more about farming. 

Potsford Farm, Suffolk  is a perfect example of how a partnership between mental health professionals and farmers/landowners can lead to the set up of a care farm. This case study highlights the work, challenges and achievements of Potsford Farm 

Scrubditch Care Farm  in Gloucestershire, caters to a wide range of both adult and young service users with a defined need. Among these service users are children with additional needs in mainstream education, for whom coming to the farm forms part of their education. 

Windmill Hill City Farm , based in the centre of Bristol, delivers health and social care activities on the farm - focussed on three key principles: improving people’s wellbeing, being there for the people of Bristol, and addressing disadvantage across the city. 


Lived experience case studies

Pathways Care Farm  Read about life at Pathways Care Farm in Lowestoft, Suffolk, from the unique perspective of Angie; a service user turned volunteer. Angie discusses how Pathways have helped her along on her road to recovery and provides advice for individuals going through similar difficulties. 

Wellies On This case study looks into how Wellies On has helped Verity , a care farm volunteer, to recover from a time of mental ill-health and realise her full potential. Verity explains how care farming has helped and provides advice to others who may be in a similar situation.  


Commissioner case studies

Find out more about partnerships between care farms and their commissioning agencies. Read about how they started and how referrals work, plus challenges and achievements from the perspective of commissioners and the care farmers they work with.

Dementia Support - Social worker Mary Thompson and Justin Mazzotta of Beetle Bank Social Farm in North Yorkshire are working together to help people living with a range of complex mental and physical health needs like dementia. 

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Occupational Therapy - Occupational therapist Hannah Harrison is part of a stong link between local NHS City Healthcare Partnership and Densholme Community Care Farm in East Yorkshire.

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