Social Farms and Gardens
The 220 projects in the network in Scotland work to build better communities and make a positive impact on the environment. They engage over 5,000 volunteers, have a collective turnover of £5 million, and are incredibly diverse in size and location, including community-managed farms, gardens, orchards and allotments.
In addition to producing healthy local grown food they:
•improve health and well-being: working with people experiencing mental or physical health problems, coming from institutional care, with addiction issues or learning difficulties.
•provide formal and informal training and education, and routes to employment, especially for those who have experienced exclusion from mainstream society.
•improve awareness around environmental practice: inspiring people and communities to take practical action that tackles the root causes of climate change.
•promote social understanding and community integration; creating beautiful greenspaces where people of all ages and from all backgrounds can come together and share stories, skills and histories.