What is Rural Care?
Rural Care provides training and work experience for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues in a supportive and caring environment on a fully working farm. We also work in partnership with North Hertfordshire College to provide accredited training for their students with learning disabilities on the farm. Volunteers are welcome and can help out with Rural Care or can work on their own so they can enjoy the tranquility of the farm.
Something for Everyone...
- Co-farmers work in small mixed ability teams in a variety of jobs to suit individual interests, needs and abilities
- Co-farmers are supported by fully qualified and experienced staff
- Students help to look after the livestock, and grow vegetables and fruit. Working in the store, cafe or kitchen to package and process food is also part of the experience as well as having fun and making new friends
- On a day at the farm, you might collect eggs, feed the pigs, sow seeds, harvest strawberries and serve customers in the cafe
Here’s some feedback from our co-farmers:
“I work here! I like coming here. We cleaned out the chickens and they looked so happy with their new straw” - June
“Weeding - I love weeding!” - Janice
“The orphaned lamb sits on my lap and I have to feed it milk with a bottle. The lamb thinks I am his dad” - Ronald
Getting involved with Rural Care is easy...
A one off sum helps buy us one of the following items.
- £15 will buy a light weight shovel for a co- farmer with learning disabilities at Rural Care to muck out the pigs more easily in Home field.
- £40 will buy a new wheelbarrow for one horticultural interns to cart the fresh vegetables to the cafe, the shop and pub.
A regular donation to Rural Care
Supporters help provide facilities and care with a standing order and regular donation from £2 a month