What is care farming?

What is care farming?

Put simply, care farming means the therapeutic use of farming practices.

People regularly attend care farms as part of a health, social care, rehabilitation or specialist education programme.

Care farms are found across the UK. They can look very different from each other and are as diverse as the people that they support. What they have in common is that they all provide a supervised, structured programme of farm-related activity. This might look like care of livestock, growing crops and vegetables, horticulture or land management. 

Care farming is increasingly recognised by health, specialist education and social care commissioners for delivering a professional, quality service to a range of people. 

Care farms: 

  • Deliver health, social or specialist educational care services for individuals from one or a range of vulnerable groups of people
  • Provide a programme of farming-related activities for individuals with a defined need
  • Provide supervised, structured, bespoke care services on a regular basis for service users
  • Are commissioned to provide services by a range of referral agencies 
  • Deliver services for adults, young people and children

Who benefits from care farming?

Care farming is a good thing in lots of different ways. Find out how it helps service users, health and social care providers, farmers and wider society. 

Why does care farming work?

Care farming is a powerful mix of nature, community and meaningful farming activity. Understand why care farming changes people's lives.

Who is care farming for?

Agricultural settings can help a wide range of people improve their health and wellbeing. Discover who can benefit from time spent care farming.