“[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).
Program participants, or ‘Farmers’ as we like to call them, are given the opportunities to participate in farm based activities and 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.
The day camps operate most Mondays & Tuesdays from 9am-3pm from May- September. They are facilitated by our trained Home on the Range seasonal staff. The cost of our Farm based day camps are $25 per day, billed at the start of each month. The Farm is not open on statutory holidays. This cost includes healthy snacks, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water, freezies and a salad lunch after mid-June. Partial subsidies are available on a case by case basis, please inquire for more information.
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, ladder ball, 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.
Programs are on pause for the 2018 season, but keep an eye out for when we are able to start up again!