Teaching Material

Research Report: Farming environment as a means of guiding and supporting people from specific target groups

This study is looking at specific target groups of social farming. 45 social farmers, social workers, supervisors and other practitioners working in social farming, working at social farms in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland, have been interviewed to get a deeper insight into the work with different target groups. Also, participatory observations were realized to get a better understanding of the participant’s perspective. Seven target groups of social farming (refugees, people with intellectual disabilities, people with mental health challenges, people with physical disabilities, young people at risk, people in recovery from addiction, older people) have been looked at.

What effects does farming have on their well-being? Are there any unique features (special benefits, specific activities, challenges) when looking at a specific target group? What are the key competencies of the social farmers and what role do they have towards participants? These questions have been answered in the research report.