People have understood the health benefits of being outside for a long time. Care farming is a powerful mix of nature, social interaction and meaningful farming. The individual comes first with activities tailored to them.
Care farms give people access to nature that they may not find in their day to day lives. The agricultural setting is important because farming activities have a real purpose. From animal care to growing plants, people can get involved in a safe and structured way.
Service users experience improvements to health and wellbeing and social skills. This might mean increased self-confidence and self-worth and reduced social isolation. For many, care farming changes their lives.
"Care farming works works because you treat people as individuals and leave a diagnosis at the farm gate. You're doing something real, and everything has a purpose."