Benefits for Participants
Social Farming benefits the health and wellbeing of participants in the following ways:
Physical Health: general physical fitness; improved farming and other skills; being in a safe and peaceful environment which leads to less aggression; and physical work that can lead to improved diet and better sleep patterns.
Mental Health: improved self-esteem and well-being; restored feelings of worth; and increased self-confidence.
Social Benefits: increased social skills as participants come into contact with others, the farm family and those who visit the farm; acceptance by others; greater self-confidence and willingness
to try new things, meeting new people and making friends; greater independence and personal responsibility; and tackling social exclusion by integrating people.
“It’s helped me get my confidence back, just from working with other people, doing different things, cutting timber, working the cattle, fencing.” – Mental Health Participant