EVALUATING CARE FARMING AS A MEANS TO CARE FOR THOSE IN TRAUMA AND GRIEF

The interrelationships between nature, health, and wellbeing are increasingly recognized and incorporated into therapeutic interventions. Care farming, the concept of utilizing agricultural places and practices for providing care, therapy, and rehabilitation, is a paradigmatic example of this shift. This mixed method study empirically evaluates the efficacy of care farming as an intervention for individuals affected by traumatic grief, a complex experiential condition. Both quantitative and qualitative results suggest this care farm intervention was beneficial, yielding significant reductions in subjective distress to grief intensity. The study’s findings add to the growing body of evidence on care farming and support green care as a therapeutic potential for individuals affected by traumatic grief.