We encourage anyone developing a care farm to work towards our Code of Practice. The care farming Code is essentially a minimum standard - a clear set of guidelines, intended to meet the requirements of commissioners, other referral agencies and service users. It was developed by a team of care farmers and other specialists and we encourage all those providing care farming services to adopt the Code (including farm and garden sites delivering other green care services such as Social &Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) and Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT)). This quality assurance scheme addresses all of these sorts of issues. To find out more go to our care farming Code of Practice page. 

As part of the GCF project we are also developing central resources on an ongoing basis. Keep an eye on the central support and resources page for updates. 

If you are still struggling to find what you need it may be possible to ‘buy in’ some specific advice from established care farmers. Within the GCF project we have some resources to cover Care Farming Facilitators time. They may be able to provide advice within their specialist and geographical areas. To find out more please email rso@farmgarden.org.uk

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.

Can I make a decent living from care farming?

We firmly believe that care farmers need to be properly reimbursed for their time and expertise and that care farms need a strong economic foundati

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.