“[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.
Farm fieldtrips are available for bookings in May, June & September. They are facilitated by our trained Home on the Range staff. Our Farm based fieldtrips are $15 per person and include lunch (hotdogs, salad and dessert). This cost also includes healthy snacks, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water and freezies. The Farm is not open on statutory holiday.
Some of the agricultural practices and projects included in our fieldtrips are:
- Working with farm animals including lambs, bunnies, chickens and barn cats.
- Planting and harvesting organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.
- 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.
To Book a Fieldtrip or to get more information, please contact Donna @ 780-719-4419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org