Care Farming

geting started

Fifteen years ago, a contact from our farm education officer with Croftlands, a local mental health charity, led to a group visiting the farm on a weekly basis. with the understanding that being outside and working would be beneficial.

These ‘beneficiaries’ became the first of many, some referred by friends or family, others by social services , who have come to the farm to benefit their mental and physical health.


Since then, our care farm has developed, and now we offer a weekly programme available on Mondays, Tuesday mornings or Fridays, supported by our care farm lead, Sam Foster. We are accredited by Social Farms and Gardens, holding a quality assurance certificate (the Green Care Quality Mark, formerly the Care Farming Code of Practice).

who we are

Samantha Foster leads our care farming. “I love people, animals, and farm life. I enjoy working with the care farmers, engaging with them, and working out the tasks for the day. “


 Sam’s job is to involve the care farmers in a variety of jobs around the farm. This could mean moving cattle or sheep, checking the health of our flock, or making sure the hens and geese are properly cared for. Sam plans the activities around the farming calendar, nature and the outdoors. Sam is also sharing her skills in our new tool shed, teaching care farmers how to use tools safely, building equipment for the farm or for sale. This group is also responsible for tending to the new raised beds, growing herbs, vegetables and fruit to cook with in our kitchen.


One of our main aims is to make sure that everyone who comes enjoys themselves and we spend a lot of time laughing.



Whether it's moving, feeding, checking stock, or getting stuck in with fencing and land management tasks, every day is different and there is never a dull moment on the farm!

what we offer

We offer a full day on the farm, either a Monday or a Friday 9am-3pm, or Tuesdays 9am-1pm. This includes elevenses (a hot drink and homemade flapjack) and a homemade lunch. We always eat together as the social time when we are eating is hugely important; we encourage everyone to join in and have a good time. Other farm staff join us for lunch.


As well as being good for mental and physical health, being on the farm can help develop knowledge, confidence, and resilience for our care farmers, as they do real and valuable jobs in a working context. 



Our care farmers fill in a diary, to encourage them to reflect on the benefits of being outside and on the farm. We also take the opportunity to use and apply reading, writing and maths skills and problem solving where it fits in naturally with the tasks at hand.

more information

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


To complete a referral form, click here.



For more information, please e mail or phone 01228 5488336.


From 1st September 2023, the daily rate is £85 + VAT/person. Half day sessions cost £60 + VAT/person.


Our ratio is usually 1:6, depending on the level of support required. Several of our care farmers come with personal 1:1 support.


Day sessions 9am-3.00pm- homemade organic lunch and snacks are provided by Susan’s Farm.

Half day sessions 9am -1 pm - homemade organic lunch and snacks are provided by Susan’s Farm.



Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any help with funding for a care farm place.

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:

  • Garfield Weston
  • Country Land and Business Association(C.L.A.)
  • Cumbria Community Foundation
  • Delamere Dairy Foundation

You can find more details of their work here: 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.