What makes 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 crops, horticulture or land management, you are already care farming, even if you are not specifically being paid to deliver these services.

You don't have to have animals on your care farm. Many care farms do not have any animals and care farming can also take place in variety of settings, including urban based community allotments and gardens. 

It is the combination of the intervention and the working farm environment that is important and defines the care farm.

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