What is a care farm?
We all know what a farm is. It’s predominantly an outdoor space where animals and crops will grow to feed the population and provide a living for the farmer and their family.
A care farm is exactly the same but, instead of providing a living for a farmer, it seeks to improve the well-being of vulnerable people through farming. This might include activities such as planting vegetables, helping to restore a barn, animal husbandry or machinery maintenance.
Pathways Care Farm provide for those with mental health issues, learning difficulties or those on a rehabilitative programme.
How does it help?
There is a well-established and growing body of evidence that shows that spending time hands-on with plants and animals can make a noticeable difference to your well-being. Some of the benefits include:
Improved social interaction
Developing awareness of well-being
Working individually and as part of a team
Preventing deterioration in many conditions
Seeking paid employment or voluntary work
It confirms something that we already knew. Time spent with other people in a natural environment where you can learn and grow will only do you good.