Farm Life – the therapeutic benefits of hands-on work 

Four mornings a week, Tumbelin Farm residents head over to the Learning Centre Shed to begin a structured day of hands-on farm work. They’re met by the Farm Supervisor who lays out the plan and tasks for the day. Then, it’s time to roll up their sleeves and get into it.

‘Farm Life’ is physical. Residents are on their feet most of the time lifting, pushing, digging, dragging and, almost always, getting dirty.

Tasks may include:

  • Fencing (as pictured above)
  • Feeding livestock and moving them from paddock to paddock
  • Tending to the chook coop and collecting eggs
  • Tending to and harvesting the vegetable patch
  • Planting seedlings as part of Tumbelin Farm’s re-vegetation program
  • Gardening, weeding, mowing
  • General cleaning

Farm Life is a wonderful mix of tangible experiences that mimic the ups and downs, the ebbs and flows and seasons of life.

It is full of immediate and long-term challenges which teach patience, determination, resilience, the values of working together and reward for effort.

The therapeutic benefits of farming practices for marginalised or vulnerable groups of people are well known in Europe and America.

Baptist Care SA has established Tumbelin Farm to provide young South Australians with a unique opportunity to step out of being stuck in survival mode to begin a journey of recovery.  

If you are looking for support or simply to just chat through some questions, please fill out the form below or call our intake team on 0455 345 427 for a confidential chat. 

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