Care-farming as a catalyst for healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices in those affected by traumatic grief

Richard Gorman, Joanne Cacciatore

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Abstract

Care-farms are increasingly utilized as a means of providing care, support, and therapy for a wide range of different populations, enabling people to cultivate social, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This study explores the impacts of a care-farm intervention for traumatically bereaved individuals, a population at high-risk of poor physical and psychological outcomes. The study examines how a care-farming model can enable and encourage participants to cultivate healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Following their participation in a care-farming intervention, bereaved parents, siblings, and spouses described significant pivots toward healthier eating, improved sleep outcomes, and increased physical activity. Our results indicate that care-farming may have potential to influence positive changes to health and health behaviors that last beyond the intervention period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100339
JournalNJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Volume92
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Care farming
  • Ecotherapy
  • Grief
  • Health behaviors
  • Nature
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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