Country: Poland

Wellbeing of Farmers:  Physical Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing

Key Challenges: Lack of basic services, Lack or difficulties in accessing health services, Lack of specialist mental healthcare services

Key Target Groups: Older farmers, elderly people living in rural areas, farming families running a care farm

Farm Size: Small/Family

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Key contact: Agnieszka Król

Email: gospodarstwo.pszczolki@gmail.com

Organization: educational farm "Pszczółki"

Relevant Links:

Farm Website

Project Website

Summary

A method of working with elderly people that used economic, landscape, environmental and cultural resources of rural areas and a farm.

Agrotrainings were based on the development of 12 universal scenarios of activities that could be used by persons or entities setting up or running care farms. Thanks to Agrotrainings, seniors staying on care farms could maintain the highest possible level of independence by taking part in various activities, which are typical for the countryside and farming. The innovation was created by Mrs. Agnieszka Król, who runs an organic and educational farm “Pszczółki”.

The innovation was implemented under the project “Małopolska Incubator for Social Innovations” by Regional Centre for Social Policy in Cracow. The project was implemented in 2016-2019 under the Knowledge Education Development Operational Program, co-financed by the European Social Fund of the EU.

Objective

Developing care farms’ offer (services) for the elderly in rural areas and allowed them to stay in their villages

Activities 

Development of twelve universal scenarios of activities that could be used by persons or entities setting up or running care farms.

Main Outcome of the activity

Twelve scenarios of activities for care farms designed for elderly people from rural areas

Main Practical Recommendations

Created scenarios of trainings broad the care farm’s offer that might be source of additional income for farming family and at the same time constitute a way of comprehensive development of elderly in rural areas


Key Stakeholders Involved
  • organic and educational farm “Pszczółki”;
  • Regional Centre for Social Policy in Cracow;
  • elderly people form Małopolska province

Most Innovative Aspects of the Solution

Thanks to Agrotrainings, seniors staying on care farms could maintain the highest possible level of independence by taking part in various activities, which are typical for the countryside and farming. The created scenarios of activities for care farms were aimed at developing their offer (services) for the elderly in rural areas and allowed them to stay in local area.

The innovation was also aimed at developing the potential and interests of seniors, while referring to the tradition of the Polish countryside.