Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices providing, health, social or educational care services for one or a range of groups of people through supervised and structured programmes of farming related activity. In other words a care farm essentially combines care of the land (including the environment and the animals) with the care of people.
The Farm is a smallholding utilising 8 acres which has been developed by the current owners over a period of 5 years and now comprises a variety of different areas of farming.
- Hedgerow management
- Raising rare breed pigs
- A small flock of sheep
- Farm pets (2 dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits)
- Woodwork (garden furniture, animal housing, bird boxes/tables, crafts)
- Horticultural – Fruit, vegetables & salad crops (raised beds, poly tunnel, greenhouse)
- Pygmy goats
- Horse & pony care
- A 40 strong flock of chickens (mainly rescued ex-battery chickens)
- Paddock maintenance
- Downham Cottage Care Farm is registered with NCFI(UK) and a member of the East Anglia Care Farm Group.
- Downham Cottage Care Farm also has CEVAS accreditation
- If you would like more information on Care Farming please visit the National Care Farming Institute website