Some farmers open their doors to people who benefit from a stay in a green environment. In placing their green surroundings at the disposal of others, these farmers fulfil an important social responsibility, and it brings in some extra income.
These days, business in agriculture and horticulture is more than just the production and marketing of agricultural products. The farmer, man or woman, is an entrepreneur in a playing field where multiple goals must be achieved, such as caring for nature and the environment.
Combination agriculture and healthcare
Some farmers take it a step further and open their doors to people who, for whatever reason, need or benefit from a stay in a green environment. In placing their pleasant surroundings at the disposal of others, they fulfil an important social responsibility. And – not unimportantly – it brings in some extra income.
Care givers, clients and health authorities
The combination of agriculture and healthcare may seem obvious - there are hundreds of care farms in the Netherlands after all – but their performance is not always adequate. Care farmers have different aspirations and abilities in their role as caregiver. Clients come with a variety of (more or less severe) care needs and health authorities demand guarantees regarding effectiveness and cost efficiency.
Research from different perspectives
In our research, we address these issues, both from the perspective of the care farmer, the client and the care authority. We work together with a variety of organisations. In addition to farming, we are increasingly focusing on citizens' initiatives in the management of green spaces, even in the urban environment.