Social services as supplementary on-farm activity for mentally disabled people


  • K. Vadnal
  • K. Košmelj


The parents of mentally disabled people were interviewed with regard to their willingness to include their offspring in the everyday life and the activities on farms, which would provide them with social services (employment, care, nursing) in the form of supplementary on-farm activities. Among 361 interviewed parents, 54 % expressed willingness to participate in the programme. In order to assess the association between ‘willingness’ and the relevant characteristics of the parents and their mentally disabled offspring, the logistic regression models were applied. The analysis shows that the most probable users of services provided by care farming are young persons with a lower degree of mental disability who have well educated parents, and who already have some practice in agriculture