Social Farming in Europe

The degree to which social farming has developed throughout Europe differs according to the situation in the respective country.

Pioneer status – several projects are being developed that implement social farming concepts:

  • Slovenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Bulgaria

Moderately developed status – the number and diversity of social farming projects is growing, specific user networks are developing and consolidating but political backing and financial support is not yet guaranteed:

  • France
  • Portugal
  • Finland
  • Germany

Well developed status – the health and healing sector has discovered social farming as source of therapy and employment, farmers have realised that it offers a potential source of income and have made fields accessible; the statutory framework is well developed and subsidies are becoming available:

  • Italy
  • The Netherlands

Officially recognized status – scientists, stakeholders and representatives of ministries of health, agriculture and employment are co-operating; social farming initiatives are supported by policy:

  • Norway