Exploring the Development of Care Farming in South Korea

Yewon Cho*, Jan Hassink, Lenneke Vaandrager

*Corresponding author for this work

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The positive effects of green care on human health are well acknowledged.
As one of the green care types, care farming is novel practice, which
combines agricultural production and providing care to people with
different types of disabilities. In South Korea, care farming is relatively new.
Initiatives have been taken by innovative farmers and social workers. This
study provides a comprehensive understanding of the current status of care
farming in South Korea and suggestions for further development of the field. The characteristics of care farming, and the experiences and perceived
challenges of care farmers in South Korea were studied through 10 semistructured interviews. The majority of South Korean care farm users are
people with intellectual disabilities. Financial problems are one of the crucial challenges threatening the sustenance of care farming. Care farming in South Korea lacks a clear orientation and description. Respondents indicated that proper regulations and agreements on the focus of care
farming would significantly contribute to the development of care farming.
The successful development of horticultural therapy in South Korea can
serve as an inspiration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-443
JournalKorean Journal of Agricultural Management and Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2019


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