FarmAbility co-farmers are women and men over 16 years of age with autism and learning disabilities who like being outdoors and enjoy taking part in purposeful activities, such as egg collecting and grading, growing vegetables, caring for farm animals, and taking part in seasonal farm tasks. Our co-farmers come to the farm between 1 and 3 days each week, throughout the year. We welcome people with a wide range of abilities and we encourage people considering becoming a co-farmer to visit us for a free, taster session to see what we’re about. For more information about becoming a co-farmer, or to arrange a taster session for yourself or someone you support, please email JP@farm-ability.org.uk.
Our programme for co-farmers runs on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10am until 4pm, with a shorter day on Fridays – 10am until 3pm. Co-farmers typically take part in around 4 different activities on the farm each day, including taking the farm dogs (Meg and Obi) for a walk across farmland or down to the river. Our varied activities are designed for therapeutic benefit and healthy lifestyles, to foster practical and vocational skills, promote confidence and self-esteem, and encourage teamwork and independence – all this while having fun and making friends!
Co-farmers can follow ASDAN accredited courses and we run a number of internships for some of the co-farmers who would like to gain confidence before they join the workforce.