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Social Farming: An Inclusive Environment Conducive to Participant Personal Growth

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Department of Veterinary Science—Rural Economics Section, University of Pisa, Viale Delle Piagge 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Self-Employed Agronomist, Via 1 Maggio 35, Pontedera, 56025 Pisa, Italy
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Department of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Florence, Via Delle Pandette 9, 50127 Florence, Italy
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(11), 301; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8110301
Received: 11 September 2019 / Revised: 21 October 2019 / Accepted: 25 October 2019 / Published: 28 October 2019
Social farming can ameliorate the everyday life of people engaged in farming activities, including perceived changes in mood or behavior. It can also be therapeutic, as it can address a range of public health and service provision issues. This paper presents the findings of an Italian project that explored the impact of social farming on the well-being of the participants and their ability to perform certain tasks linked to agricultural activities. In addition, this paper tries to evaluate how the organization of the network system around the participants helps them to improve their relational capabilities. Participant observations were made in class rooms and farms where the participants carried out their agricultural activities. Such observations focused on the way in which participants and other subjects (i.e., tutors and training staff) inside the network system interacted. A number of in-depth interviews were carried out with tutors and trainers in order to understand if the participants would play a relevant role in social farming activities and what that role would be. View Full-Text
Keywords: social farming; rural welfare; community network; social inclusion; care farming social farming; rural welfare; community network; social inclusion; care farming
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Moruzzo, R.; Di Iacovo, F.; Funghi, A.; Scarpellini, P.; Diaz, S.E.; Riccioli, F. Social Farming: An Inclusive Environment Conducive to Participant Personal Growth. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 301.

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