Farming for Health - Green-Care Farming Across Europe and the United States of America

Edited by Hassink, Jan; Dijk, van, Majken 
Springer  2006  

Softcover  357 p.  ISBN 9781402045417      £81.00

Hardcover  357 p  ISBN 9781402045400      £153.00
Farming for Health describes the utilization of agricultural farms, farm animals, plants and landscapes as a base for promoting human mental and physical health and social well-being. This book gives an overview of the development of 'Farming for Health' initiatives across Europe. This development is a logical result of the changing paradigms in the health-care sector and the demand for new social and financial impulses in agriculture and rural areas.

Researchers from The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Germany, Belgium, Poland, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Italy as well as the USA contributed to this book. It not only describes the situation in different countries, it also includes scientific papers dealing with different aspects of 'Farming for Health'.

Of interest to researchers, policymakers and practitioners,in the fields of landscape development, horticultural therapy, animal-assisted therapy, long-term care and social farming



Thematic studies:

  • Theoretical models for research and program development in agriculture and health care: avoiding random acts of research; Paula Diane Relf.
  • Contributions of natural elements and areas in residential environments to human health and well-being; Sjerp de Vries.
  • Effects of interactions between humans and domesticated animals; Eddie A.M. Bokkers.
  • People-plant interaction: the physiological, psychological and sociological effects of plants on people; Marjolein Elings.
  • Social services as supplementary on-farm activity for mentally disabled people; Katja Vadnal and Katarina Kosmelj.
  • The lay beliefs about Farming for Health; Elsa Fjeldavli.
  • The contribution of care farms to landscapes of the future: a challenge of multifunctional agriculture; Thomas van Elsen, Amelie Günther and Bas Pedroli.
  • Long-term care in Europe: an introduction; Piet F. Driest.

Country studies:

  • Green care in Norway: farms as a resource for the educational, health and social sector; Lisbeth Haugan, Ragnhild Nyland, Elsa Fjeldavli, Toril Meistad and Bjarne O. Braastad.
  • 'Nature and Health' in Sweden; Karin Abramsson and Carina Tenngart.
  • Farming for Health in Finland; Ulla Partanen, Taina Lilja, Sirpa Kurppa And Katriina Soini.
  • Care farms and care gardens: horticulture as therapy in the UK; Joe Sempik and Jo Aldridge.
  • Farming for Health in The Netherlands; Marjolein Elings and Jan Hassink.
  • Farming for Health - the situation in Flanders; Katrien Goris and Hilde Weckhuysen.
  • Farming for Health: aspects from Germany; Konrad Neuberger, Ingrid Stephan, Robert Hermanowski, Albrecht Flake, Franz-Joseph Post, Thomas van Elsen.
  • INTEGRATION: youth welfare and sustainable development in Switzerland; Peter Frey, Susanne Frutig, Urs Kaltenrieder and Jörg Wetzel.
  • Farming for Health in Austria: farms, horticultural therapy, animal-assisted therapy; Georg Wiesinger, Fritz Neuhauser and Maria Putz.
  • Farming for Health in Slovenia; Katja Vadnal.
  • Farming and social-care combinations in Poland; Ewa Pawelczyk.
  • Farming for Health in Italy; Francesco di Iacovo, Saverio Senni and Jeanette de Kneght.
  • Agriculture and health care: the care of plants and animals for therapy and rehabilitation in the United States; Paula Diane Relf.

Conclusions: 22.

  • Farming for Health across Europe: comparison between countries, and recommendations for a research and policy agenda; Jan Hassink and Majken van Dijk.
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