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Designing for Therapeutic Care Farms

Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices to provide health, social
or educational care services for a range of groups of vulnerable people. This includes
but is not limited to those with mental health problems, people suffering with substance
abuse, adults and children with learning disabilities and disaffected youth. Literature on
the process of designing for care farms is limited. This research sought to develop carefarm
design guidelines for landscape architects. The study identifies and analyzes
design-related themes from the academic literature relating to care farms, building on
therapeutic landscape literature. The design guidelines are created based on key
informant interviews that took place in Ontario in 2019. The final design guidelines can
support landscape architects with necessary information to design care farms.