FarmAbility is an outdoor, farm-based programme for people with autism and/or learning disabilities, or co-farmers.
FarmAbility co-farmers are actively involved in vegetable growing, orchard management, horse care, animal husbandry, woodwork, an organic egg enterprise, and a range of seasonal farm tasks. Working in small groups, supported by enthusiastic staff and volunteers, co-farmers gain a real sense of purpose and achievement, while building the practical and vocational skills they need to move forward in their lives, and building their capacity to live independently and participate meaningfully in their community.
Co-farmers come to the farm 1-4 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), for sessions starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. We are open nearly all year round, whatever the weather!
FarmAbility combines the rich potential inherent in the farming environment – nature, animals, purposeful activities – with an enabling approach to supporting people. Our approach, which incorporates learning from Occupational Therapy and other relevant practice, considers each person’s interests, needs and abilities with the aim of promoting independence, choice and autonomy.