What is social farming?
Social farming is an emerging topic for different stakeholders across Europe: farmers, farmers’ organisations, service-users of social farms and their organisations, providers of social and health care services, other stakeholders in social and health care and local, regional and national authorities. Social farming includes:
- agricultural enterprises and market gardens which integrate people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
- farms which offer openings for the socially disadvantaged, for young offenders or those with learning difficulties, people with drug dependencies, the long-term unemployed and active senior citizens;
- school and kindergarten farms and many more. Prevention of illness, inclusion and a better quality of life are features of social agriculture.