“[Green] Care Farming is defined as the use of commercial farms and agricultural landscapes as a base for promoting mental and physical health, through normal farming activity and is a growing movement to provide health, social or educational benefits through farming for a wide range of people.” (Hine, Peacock & Pretty 2008). Home on the Range Green Care Farm is a sustainable non-profit organization that enhances the social, educational and agricultural skills of youth and adults with autism & developmental disabilities by offering day camps & fieldtrips.
Program participants, or ‘Farmers’ as we like to call them, are given the opportunities to participate in small scale agricultural practices. The goal is to offer Farmers the opportunity to gain greater independence through meaningful work, healthy eating, recreation, self-determination, increased physical activity and community involvement.
Some of the agricultural practices and projects included in our programs are:
- Working with farm animals including lambs, bunnies, chickens and barn cats.
- Planting their very own organic vegetable gardens at the Green Care Farm. This also includes eating vegetables, sharing a garden salad at lunch time & taking plants home.
- Painting, crafting, building activities, such as bird house and pallet projects.
- Group games like badminton, croquet, ping pong & giant jenga.
By interacting with different types of farm animals, working in the gardens and participating in the different projects on the farm, the Green Care Farm provides the essential exposure to nature, skills development, community and a guide to a healthy lifestyle for youth and adults with disabilities. We are located just ten minutes east of Edmonton, in the community of Ardrossan.
If you are interested in learning more about Home on the Range Green Care Farm or would like to register for our day camps or arrange a fieldtrip, please contact Donna at email@example.com or call 780-719-4419.