Introduction to Care Farming Webinar

For farmers & land-owners, community gardeners, health & education professionals, and other curious people…

We get an overview of care farming from Sarah Marrison from Social Farms & Gardens, including practical information about how to start a Care Farm; a discussion of the realities of running a Care Farm in Lincolnshire, from Mark Coulman of Hall Farm, Eastoft; and plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Care Farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices – where service users regularly attend the care farm as part of a structured health or social care, rehabilitation or specialist educational programme.

The powerful mix of being in nature, being part of a group and taking part in meaningful nature based activities is what makes care farming so successful.

Care Farms deliver a range of farming-related activities as part of their service provision, including care of livestock, growing crops and vegetables, horticulture and land management.

About Social Farms & Gardens

Social Farms & Gardens is a UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together, improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and the environment through nature-based activities.

Many of them also offer an amazing array of benefits and opportunities, which can include education programmes, play schemes, healthy living initiatives, work and skills training, social enterprises, volunteer opportunities, environmental schemes, horticultural therapy groups, facilities for people with disabilities…and more.

About Hall Farm, Eastoft

We also hear from Mark Coulman, who set up a Care Farm on his Lincolnshire farm. Hall Farm Eastoft operates in partnership with a working farm which supplies potatoes, cereals and high welfare pork into the UK food industry. Their person centred education and care activities are centred around their kitchen garden, an orchard, a chicken & bantam flock, a small alpaca herd and 2 bee hives; everyone can get involved in every aspect of managing this.

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