If you're not a farmer you may need help with the practical aspects of farming. Perhaps you work in education, health or social care and are inspired by the positive effects of care farming.
The first thing to ask yourself is do I have a site I can use?
Land aquisition can often be one of the first hurdles to overcome when trying to set up a care farm. It is a very broad subject and can differ from region to region depending on the policies of your Local Authority.
You could try working with a local farm and seeing if they can help, or use our map to find a care farm near you. If you can't find what you're looking for please contact our regional support officer at email@example.com.
The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) is also a fantastic resource that aims to increase community access to land across the UK, particularly for green space activities. Through CLAS, you can find information on finding, buying, offering and leasing of land within your country of the UK.
If you have a site but are struggling with how to go about growing vegetables or keeping animals, local farming organisations may be able to help. You could also try land based Further Education Colleges. Landex represents land based colleges and universites.
Become a member of Social Farms & Gardens as a prospective care farm. If you become a member you'll be able to access other resources that you might find useful, like the Starting a Care Farm checklist.
Take part in CEVAS training which is also recommended for people wanting to start in the care farming sector.
Check out the Gov.UK website for general business start up advice and information on legal structures.