Social Farming: An Inclusive Environment Conducive to Participant Personal Growth

Roberta Moruzzo, Francesco Di Iacovo, Alessandra Funghi, Paola Scarpellini, Salomon Espinosa Diaz, Francesco Riccioli
2019 Social Sciences  
Social farming can ameliorate the everyday life of people engaged in farming activities, including perceived changes in mood or behavior. It can also be therapeutic, as it can address a range of public health and service provision issues. This paper presents the findings of an Italian project that explored the impact of social farming on the well-being of the participants and their ability to perform certain tasks linked to agricultural activities. In addition, this paper tries to evaluate how
more » ... he organization of the network system around the participants helps them to improve their relational capabilities. Participant observations were made in class rooms and farms where the participants carried out their agricultural activities. Such observations focused on the way in which participants and other subjects (i.e., tutors and training staff) inside the network system interacted. A number of in-depth interviews were carried out with tutors and trainers in order to understand if the participants would play a relevant role in social farming activities and what that role would be.
doi:10.3390/socsci8110301 fatcat:vquegukycbfxtdgcufpzmmofly