Here you will find regularly updated case studies of Care Farming initiatives in Scotland to inspire and inform:
Happy Hens at Wester Deans Farm
John and Sheena have farmed at Wester Deans in the Scottish Borders for 25 years and established Happy Hens in 2010 so that their farm can be used as a resource for the local community. The project engages with young people from challenging circumstances who are at risk of educational and social exclusion and enables them to reach their potential by providing opportunities for achievement and personal development in a well-supported agricultural setting. This is achieved by a combination of working on farm, performing real, relevant tasks and being in a positive and encouraging environment. For an accessible case study click here.
Glachbeg is a 13 acre farm on the Black Isle North of Inverness. The farm is a business run by Bob and Helen Bull who are both teachers. The farm is set up to provide educational programmes in the context of farming and countryside themes, through direct experience to inform the learning process, for local people; working with schools and teachers to construct programmes for individual children and whole school classes, providing opportunities for adults with special needs to “grow” and providing access to the local community where appropriate. This is in order to help people progress towards targets appropriate to them and to help their understanding of their relationship with the countryside and with the plants and animals they share the earth with.
They currently work with mostly children referred by the Local Authority using a purpose built “sustainable” classroom which forms the base for all of the activities. Bob has long experience of delivering education through the context of farming and the countryside. In addition to providing a context which is exciting to children, it also allows children and their teachers to learn about food production and also biodiversity. This helps them make informed decisions as they go through their lives. Some programmes will be targeted at farming, biodiversity or sustainability issues, others will target curriculum areas, but learning will take place on the broader issues as well. People can achieve at many different levels in this context. These levels range from employment skills, through to independent working.
Bob and Helen also run a weekly club for adults with additional support needs, a monthly folk club, a recording studio and through this run a stage at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.