Cultivating our humanity: A systematic review of care farming & traumatic grief

Health Place. 2017 Sep:47:12-21. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.06.006. Epub 2017 Jul 5.


Traumatic grief is a complex biopsychosocial experience, frequently (and contentiously) medicalized in the Western world. Care farming is an increasingly popular place-based intervention utilizing agricultural settings to care for vulnerable groups. We sought to establish the extent of care farming in relation to traumatic grief and query the potential of care farming as an intervention for this specific population. A systematic review highlights that whilst understudied, the success of care farming as an intervention for other populations experiencing psychological distress demonstrates the huge potential for care farming as a means to therapeutically engage with individuals experiencing traumatic grief.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / methods*
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*