Types of Therapy
Lavender Crest Foundation
Exhale – Explore – Enjoy
A therapeutic/care farm devoted to providing a safe and healing place for animals and people that is accessible to all
What is a care farm?
Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices. A care farm is a place 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 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.
Animal-assisted therapy(AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. Animals used in therapy include domesticated pets, farm animals and other wildlife.
Green exercise refers to physical exercise undertaken in natural environments. Physical exercise is well known to provide physical and psychological health benefits. There is also good evidence that viewing, being in, and interacting with natural environments has positive effects, reducing stress and increasing the ability to cope with stress, reducing mental fatigue and improving concentration and cognitive function.
Where can 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 kids, to veterans, and people recovering from physical and mental illness.