Welcome to Fiddlehead Care Farm

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We're a fully accessible, therapeutic care farm for children, youth and young adults with developmental, physical and behavioural needs in a caring, supportive environment.
 

From the outside, Fiddlehead Care Farm (FCF) may look like a traditional, run-of-the-mill working farm. But trust us, our farm is far from ordinary. We're a therapeutic care farm with a slight twist! Using a UK-based farming model, we provide vulnerable people the opportunity to learn, build and grow through a range of hands-on farming activities and therapies combined.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to give children, youth and young adults with developmental, physical, emotional and behavioural needs, along with their families, the opportunity to learn, experience and grow without boundaries through innovative, animal-assisted therapy and nature-based education, rehabilitation and recreation.

WHY FIDDLEHEAD CARE FARM?IMG_4188

We're a small farm with big offerings. Situated in beautiful Dufferin County, our fully accessible, integrated, non-clinical, natural environment allows our clients to explore without boundaries and experience true freedom.

Our well-rounded and extensive repertoire of programs and services positions us as leaders in our field of therapeutic care. We are our client's biggest supporters, shoulder to lean on and source of expert advice. Our success is based on their success and our ultimate goal is to see them thrive. We only implement interventions that are client-and family-centred, goal directed and evidence-based, all while harnessing the calming and healing power of nature exploration and exposure.

With our treatment, there's no "one-size-fits-all" approach. Our services are vast and can be tailored to the individual needs of each client and their family. We use nature as our therapy partner and treatment method, and we also have the distinct privilege of having a therapy mini-pig onsite as part of our team. We can provide a program that fits every need whether it's an individual or group program, formal or closed group, or drop-in program. We also offer less formal, short self-guided farm visits, as well as a full day summer camp or day programming.thumbnail_Rhonda and penelope 2

We assure you that spending time here at FCF can have an amazing effect on your well-being. Our serene and calming landscape provides a nurturing environment for gardening and exploring nature trails. You can plant, grow and harvest your own organic crops and vegetables on our five-acre community organic garden, use our Accessible trail and sensory garden to experience nature without restrictions, or foster your creativity through outdoor music and imagination circles.

You're in good hands with our amazing team of experienced and compassionate professionals.

Stephanie and Breanne are therapists first and farmers second. They bring over 30 years of combined experience working with children, adolescents and young adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a variety of diagnoses.

We focus on what people can do, not what they can’t, and encourage them gradually to stretch themselves and achieve pride in their success. All of our programs and services are targeted at improving the physical, spiritual, psychosocial and mental health of each client so they can reach their potential and become their best self.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

Sure, therapeutic farms have been around for numerous decades in Ontario and across Canada, but Fiddlehead Care Farm offers a therapeutic model that hasn't been previously practiced in this country. We're the first facility to use the “care farm” terminology and follow the care farming model developed, evaluated and perfected in the UK and the Netherlands. This model has set the guidelines and code of practice for supervised and structured programs of farming-related activities. We believe that goal-driven and play-based interventions that reunite and immerse children, adolescents and young adults with nature all help them make incredible gains in all areas.

Our 50 acres of farmland follows a full organic protocol and is currently going through a scheduled certification review through Pro-Cert Organic. We're also undergoing the Care Farming UK Code of Practice assessment process to add to our credentials and to ensure we meet the stringent baseline set out by Care Farming UK.

For more information, check out our programs and services listed below.

Sensory Garden & Nature Trail

Enjoy our accessible garden specifically made to stimulate all senses. A walk on our nature trail is never complete without a stop at the music circle and imagination stations.

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Pediatric Therapy & Family Counselling

We can create individualized care and treatment plans for our members requiring counselling services from a registered social worker. Our structured family sessions will help families connect with programs and services in the community to support their child and help keep them safe and connected with the outside world.

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Summer Day Camp

Our summer camp is an integrated and accessible farming, science and nature day camp for children ages 6 and up. This low ratio, supportive camp for kids with unique physical and psychosocial needs is run by experienced therapists on our organic farmland for specific weeks.

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Specialized Therapy Groups

We offer a social and emotional learning program, a non-pharmacological pain management group, a positive parenting program, and other specialized groups geared specifically for children with special needs and their families.

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Animal-Assisted Therapy

This targeted therapy gives kids the opportunity to work with small animals to improve their social skills, to grow self-confidence and self-esteem, to learn empathy and gain a sense of pride in caring for the animals.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups with and without special needs. Roles are based on interest and support needs.

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Registration for FCF Summer Camp 2017 NOW OPEN!!!

FCF summer camp is BACK for 2017!

Don't let you child miss the chance to experience this low-ratio, therapeutic and goal directed camp run by experienced therapists on 5o acres of organic farm land!!

Check HERE for more information!

Interested in a farm visit?
FCF welcomes you and your family to have the opportunity to take a peek
at all Fiddlehead Care Farm has to offer.

PRICE: $10 OR $20/car (family)
1 support person and children under 3 years of age are FREE
*** CASH ONLY***

To learn more, visit Farm Visiting Program.

  • Robin Asquith- 2016 Nuffield Farming Scholar and Trustee of Care Farming UK (visit and tour July 20, 2016)

HOW TO FIND US

We're located at:

426059 25th Sideroad
Mono, Ontario

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“We met working at a children’s rehab hospital in Toronto. It was here that we realized the many barriers and gaps in the system for people with disabilities or mental health needs. We knew we wanted to do something to help fill the gaps and dreamed of creating a safe and inclusive place for everyone; where the power of nature could heal and empower children and families. The beginnings of it were in those dream stages — having “If we won the lottery, what would we do?” type conversations. After years of planning, the Deakens found the perfect property and that was it. We quit our jobs, moved from Toronto to Mono, and started the first care farm in Canada. Of course we were scared, but never felt so excited about anything and have not looked back since. Now we get to see children and families heal, grow and connect through nature. We had a family visit with their four children, all with special needs. We’ll never forget when their mom came to us and said, ‘this is the first time we have been able to go out as a family and each of my children feel like they belong.” It’s more than the impact of nature therapy and the activities it’s the simple moments of joy that they have. It’s the smiles we see and the appreciation we get that makes every bit of this journey so memorable.” Brianne and Stephanie Fiddlehead Care Farm Mono, ON #StreetsOfCanada #Canada150 Mono, Ontario​ Downsyndrome​ specialneeds.com​ The Huffington Post​ National Post​ The Globe and Mail​ Canadian Stories​ Canada​ Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation​ Canada 150+​

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Such an amazing day on the farm on Sunday when the FCF crew had the pleasure of hosting Project 321 Peel Down Syndrome Association at the farm for a family picnic and farm exploration day! Thank you to everyone who came out and are now offically a part of the FCF family! ...

Our picnic yesterday was a success!!! We had such an amazing afternoon at Fiddlehead Care Farm. Thank you so much Stephanie and Breanne for the experience! Great time had by all 🙂 #extendendedfamily #p321famjam #downsyndrome #picnic2017

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