What is Social Farming?
Social Farming ('SF') is the practice of offering family farms and smallholdings as a form of social service. The farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm's activities. It also reconnects farmers with their local communities.
Why look at the Social Farming option?
Evidence based: 88% of participants visiting farms experienced improvements in their wellbeing (Hine, Peacock & Pretty, University of Essex 2008).
There is a relaxing and socially inclusive atmosphere while working or in break time that helps people and builds self-esteem.
- animal therapy is available to all indirectly through the work
- exercise and fresh air take precedence
- developing new skills or the opportunity to use undiscovered talents and learning about rural life
- supervision from an entrepreneurial, self-sufficient business person - the farmer
- more emphasis on healthy food closer to the source
- availability of leisure facilities anytime eg fishing, nature walks
- systemic results - all involved benefit, directly or indirectly