Research relating to Care Farming
This study, funded by the VION Food Group and undertaken by Tony Homer with Mike Woolvin and Sarah Skerratt considers current health and social care commissioning arrangements in Scotland in order to provide a clearer understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face Care Farming. The primary focus is the context relating to services for adults and older people with particular needs, but much of the broad strategic and funding context described is relevant to services for other care groups such as children and homeless people. The study includes a survey of some of the Care Farmers currently operating in Scotland. You can download it here.
To find out more about the research that has been carried out into care farming, and its potential implications for Care Farming Scotland, you can find a report authored for Care Farming Scotland by Sarah Skerratt and her team at the Scottish Agricultural College here.
Another major study worth looking at is the report by a team from the University of Essex for the National Care Farming Initiative (now Care Farming UK). You can download that one here.
Christine Moinard has kindly agreed to share her in-depth 2010 study of Care Faming in Scotland undertaken as part of her MBA course at the University of Edinburgh. This can be found here.
SAC has recently commissioned a review of research and policy relating to health, wellbeing and engagement with landscape. The review, undertaken by Dr. Stuart Muirhead of the University of Dundee, found a range of evidence to suggest links between these factors, and an increasing turn in policy toward acknowledging this. It demonstrated this with reference to case studies of the Forestry Commission Scotland, environmental volunteering, and care farming. You can download the full report – including the executive summary – here.
A two page summary of the report has also been written for SAC’s Rural Policy Centre, which can be downloaded here