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What does care farming provide for clients? The views of care farm staff.

Hemingway, A., Ellis-Hill, C. and Norton, E. A., 2016. What does care farming provide for clients? The views of care farm staff. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 79 (December), 23-29.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.njas.2016.09.001


Care farming in the UK can help the agricultural community to remain viable and facilitate public interaction with the natural environment. It can also be therapeutic because it can address a range of public health and service provision issues by engaging people in farming activities and improving their health, social and educational circumstances. This paper presents the findings from a UK qualitative study exploring what care farming staff feel are the aims and potential outcomes of the experience they provide with their clients. Fifteen care farming staff were interviewed, using a semi-structured interview schedule. In summary the study findings show staff perceived that the care farm offered a homely, supportive environment where people can experience nature and sustainable food production. They perceived the care farm to be a place that provides an inclusive environment conducive to clients’ personal growth; it enables them to connect with themselves, others and nature and to develop autonomy. People can be themselves at the care farm where they have the opportunity to learn about themselves and nature. We consider how the issues care farm staff identified are linked with well-being theory.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Care farm; Contact with nature; Autonomy; Well-being; Personal growth
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:24800
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Oct 2016 10:35
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:59


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