Practical support for care farming

We encourage anyone developing a care farm to work towards our Green Care Quality Mark.

The Green Care Quality Mark (previously called the Care Farming Code of Practice) 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. This includes farm and garden sites delivering other green care services such as Social &Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) and Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT). The Code is a quality assurance scheme that addresses the most important aspects of care farming. 

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Key care farming organisations and networks

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Measuring outcomes and change in care farming

It's good practice to show the impact of positive change over time. Measurement allows us to understand, strengthen and show the impact of care farming.

Care farming and social prescribing

Social prescribing is sometimes known as community referral. It is how health care professionals can refer people to local non-clinical services in their area, including care farms and green care. 

Integrated Care Systems and care farming

The UK healthcare system is always evolving. It can be hard to keep pace but it's useful for care farmers and green care providers to understand how it works.