Growing together…

Growing together…

Depden Care Farm Suffolk

The Care Farm sits on the edge of the small village of Depden, about 15mins drive from Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Haverhill. Located in Suffolk’s glorious countryside and easily accessible off the A143, the six-acre smallholding is a haven offering a rich and beneficial experience for everyone who visits.

Care Services: Farm based
therapy, education and training

Depden Care Farm offers therapeutic placements to adults with learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries.
Our clients (who become our Farm Helpers) are offered the chance for structured outdoor activity, education and training through tailored and supervised involvement in horticulture, agriculture and, where appropriate, helping with the livestock.
Our rural idyll is home to a selection of animals from horses and donkeys, to pigs, sheep and goats. Hens and ducks are free to wander in the orchard, and this much loved and well-cared for menagerie ensures that animal assisted therapy can be added to our programme.

Care Farm News

Growing with Wellbeing

New Saturday drop-in wellbeing sessions for anyone with additional needs 10am-12 from June 18th 2022.

Join us in the gardens of Depden Care Farm for some quality time tending the plants, flowers and vegetables, nature-inspired projects and companionship. Drop in any time and stay as long or as little as you like

Yard Sale

Saturday May 14 2022 10am-12 noon
Tables £10 in aid of Depden Care Farm and Depden Church

Strategic Plan

MFT are looking at the strategic direction for Depden Care Farm (DCF) for the next 5-10 years and the Board of Trustees would welcome your comments.  The current version of the strategic plan can be downloaded below. It is hoped that this document will serve as...

The Veg Shed

The Veg Shed sells seasonal fruit and vegetables grown on the farm and harvested by the Farm helpers.Depending on the season we may have Vegetables: lettuces, tomatoes, courgettes, herbs, peas, beans, sweetcorn, cabbages, spinach, parsnips, carrots, artichokes,...

Christmas tree sale

Christmas trees on sale from November 26th

Charity Christmas trees available now. Great quality. Great prices. Great cause.

Nordman Fir (non drop) and traditional Norway Spruce

Coronavirus Update: We are Open!

Following the announcements at the weekend of a national lockdown from Thursday,  it is our intention to remain open for farm helpers providing we are able to keep people safe, maintain our covid security and that everyone can continue to follow published guidelines. ...

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Reviews:

“Could I take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to you and your staff team for making Xs’ first week back at the farm (after lockdown) a very enjoyable one. He has loved being back and was delighted to find his favourite cakes were available today!

I think the hats are great, what a fantastic visual prompt to keep your distance and I feel very reassured with all the safety measures you have put in place.  Also I would like to give thanks again to Jayne whose support over the past weeks has been a real lifeline.  Thanks Tim.  Depden is an amazing place and you and Mark have worked so hard to keep the farm running and looking pristine through lockdown.”

Reviews:

“Depden care farm offers a warm, welcoming, supportive environment. Tim and his staff team are clearly committed and passionate about their work.

 
Attending the farm has  huge positive benefits for my son. It has built confidence, improved sleep patterns, appetite,  and physical stamina. It has given him a feeling of being useful and a sense of purpose. He has developed many different skills and resilience. 
 
Spending time at the farm has motivated and inspired him. It has reduced feelings of anxiety and isolation. The farm offers purpose and structure to his day. A safe place where he feels respected and liked. A place where my son can be himself.”

At Depden Care Farm:

“we care for our Farm Helpers, farm, animals and each
other in equal measure” – Tim Freathy

Funded by the "Henry Smith County Grants" through Suffolk Community Foundation