What it’s all about
Social agriculture is derived from social farming (other terms are Care Farms, or Green Care). There is a great international movement emerging behind these different terms, which recognizes agriculture as more than just food production. Most of these initiatives involve the transfer of topics and tasks of social work and residential care to a farm. Nature, working with nature, animals, contact with the farming family, integration into daily routines are key factors for a possible positive effect for people with special social needs.
Social agriculture combines these qualities of peasant life with the demands, needs and possibilities of bio-dynamically farmers in the direction of community-supported agriculture. Engagement opportunities for people with special needs, however, also provide a way of mutual support in social agriculture. Nature, culture and human needs are linked.
Why social agriculture is used
Social agriculture serves the putting in place of community-supported agriculture and the consciously designed interconnectedness of humans and nature. People experience nature and the origin of our food through engagement. Farmers are integrated into local communities and become part of them. Instead of producing for faceless clients, food is cultivated for local “friends” who, in turn, supported the farmers as required to get the best for both ends (producer and user).
When social agriculture is meaningful
Social agriculture can help when it comes to
• promoting an integral understanding of nature
• introducing biological agriculture and the growing of food
•building community-supported agriculture
• working in the direction of local resp. regional food sovereignty
To whom social agriculture is directed
On the one hand, social agriculture is aimed at the citizens of a community or inhabitants of a region and, on the other, at bio-dynamic and biological farmers especially at
• People who are interested in the healing powers of nature
• People for whom food production is not enough, who want agricultural in stead
• Farmers of bio-dynamic or biological farms who are interested in the concept of community-supported agriculture
• People with little to no connections to nature and environment
• People with special social needs
• People who want to build community-supported agriculture
• Local, regional and national agricultural associations
• Representatives of regions
Methods and scope
Evaluating the local (and regional) agricultural supply (including forestry as well as the water supply) provide entry to the subject of social agriculture. The potential of food sovereignty is also addressed, as is the supply of renewable energy (through agriculture). The setting up of community-supported agriculture is linked to local social economy.
The scope depends on the request.