Care Farming

Susan's Farm is proud to be a member of Care Farming UK and is passionate about the work that we do.  For those of you unfamiliar with the idea of care farming, it is the movement to "see thriving farms and landscapes providing social, educational, therapeutic and development opportunities" (see

We are certified by Social Farms & Gardens as meeting their Codes of Practice.



A growing proportion of our work is providing opportunities, support and camaraderie for people at different stages of their lives.  A number of secondary school age students come to us one day every week to gain practical experience for their qualifications; people living in residential care homes visit us for a day out, to feed the hens or make jam, and to have a cup of tea and a chat; other adults work with us one or two days a week, meeting up with friends and building their skills, confidence and health. 


We have recently begun to offer qualifications in land-based studies, working in conjunction with Newton Rigg College and supported by Cumbria Community Foundation, for the adults that we support.  A number of them took up this opportunity and see them getting recognition for the work they do with us week in, week out. We are delighted that the first group have gained their qualifications.


Here is a short film produced by Cumbria Community Foundation which gives a good idea of the work that goes on here.


How we are funded

As registered charity we rely on a variety of funding streams to run the farm, ranging from contributions from those using our services, to sales of our meat products, to grant contributions from funders and Defra who support the work we do. 


Recently we have been awarded support from:

  • G&K Boyes Charitable Trust,
  • The Hadfield Trust,
  • The Retreat York Benevolent Fund,
  • Cumbria Community Foundation
  • Prince's Countryside Fund

You can find more details of their work here:, and and 


We would like to say a huge thank you to them and to all the others who have supported our work over the last few years