21st April 2017 by Botton Community
The Botton social farm has been awarded the care farming Code of Practice and has been made Care Farm of the month by Care Farming UK.
Care farming, sometimes known as social farming, is the therapeutic use of farming and horticultural practices. Care farms provide health, social or educational services for individuals from one or a range of vulnerable groups.
Botton Social farm is geared around a real working day. Trainees arrive between 9-9.30am, a team brief with trainees and staff takes place first before everyone goes out on the farm to work in small teams. Tasks can range from working in the polytunnels, to cleaning out chickens and feeding animals, to harvesting fruit and vegetables in the fields. There is a short 15 minute tea break in the morning and afternoon, and half an hour for lunch. Everyone departs home at 4.30, The day aims to replicate a work place, by doing this individuals are helped learn skills which they may need if they move on into employment.
Care Farming UK is a registered charity which promotes care farming and supports care farmers. Their vision is 'To see thriving farms and landscapes providing social, educational, therapeutic and development opportunities'.
Dr Rachel Bragg – Development Co-ordinator, at Care Farming UK says about the Code of Practice:
“ This Code shows that the farm is run to a clear set of guidelines (intended to meet the requirements of commissioners, clients and other authorities) to show that they are safe, professional and effective service providers. This month we are delighted to feature Botton Social Farm in North Yorkshire – which is the latest care farm to have been awarded ‘Code of Practice’ status and joins the other Code care farms in the UK flying the flag for quality service provision in health & social care and specialist education. “