A therapeutic/care farm utilizes the healing powers of animals, plants, nature, and each other to promote compassion, cooperation and connection. Working with therapy and rescued animals, utilizing various senses to experience the aspects of nature and to develop the confidence to connect.
What is a care farm?
Therapeutic/care farming is the use of farming practices to create an environment where people can come and reconnect to the earth, animals, nature, and themselves. It is a farm where plants, animals and people live in harmony with nature, doing what we do as natural creatures. While there is human intervention, we try and do things as natural as possible. We plant and harvest the lavender, fruits and vegetables, but we do it all in harmony with nature using organic and natural principles. All our animals, most rescued, will get to live natural lives and to express their natural behaviors.
What types of therapy does a care farm provide?
Horticultural therapy(also known as social and therapeutic Horticulture or STH) is defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) as the engagement of a person in gardening and plant-based activities. The visual aesthetics of plants are known to elicit feelings of inner peace, which generates positive emotions toward a meaningful appreciation of life. Direct contact with plants guides the individual's focus away from stress enhancing their overall quality of life.
Where are care farms located?Care farms are very popular in Europe. There are literally thousands of them in Western Europe, but there are only few found here in the United States. Traditionally, care farms are farms that welcome people to come and heal by participating in farm activities in whatever way they can. The very act of participating, being included, being in nature, and having a meaningful task to accomplish can be incredibly healing. We want to offer this to children, to veterans, and people recovering from physical and mental illness.