Poppies Care Farm

Poppies Care Farm is a social enterprise located at Purdis Poppy Farm, on the eastern side of Ipswich.  It has animals, a Market Garden, and areas of woodland and pasture.  It is home to alpacas, donkeys, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, bees, and two, sometimes three, cats.  And a few humans.

In the Market Garden we grow vegetables for sale, mainly to Growing Places which is a social enterprise based in Claydon.  Growing places runs a veg box scheme which you can register for via their website.  You can get a box or bag of veg delivered to your door and support local enterprise and local producers!

Poppies Care Farm provides day care services for adults with learning difficulties or mental health issues.  There is a wide range of activities including caring for animals, gardening, woodworking, working on farm projects, conservation, craft and cookery.  The aim is to help care farmers to achieve their potential.  With healthy outdoor activity and learning new skills, they increase in self-confidence and self-esteem, learn how to work as part of a team and interact with others.

Poppies Care Farm is accredited with Suffolk County Council for care farming and all staff and volunteers are DBS checked.  There is always a qualified First Aider on site.  We are proud to say that we were the first Care Farm in the UK to comply with Care Farming UK’s Code of Practice.  A copy of the Code can be found here.

Care Farmers are collected from a collection point at 9.30 am ready for a 10 am start, after a cup of tea and get together in the Yellow Barn (our main indoor area). We discuss activities and timings for the day: things which must be done (attending to animals) and then other activities and projects which we are doing that day. Care farmers participate in all activities, rotating between those on offer on any given day. There are breaks for tea and biscuits (which we provide) and lunch (which they bring).  At 3 pm we complete a review diary for each care farmer to monitor progress against goals and then return to the collection point at 3.30 pm.

4 thoughts on “Poppies Care Farm”

  1. I am a social worker and a lover of all things animal/farm related. Both professionally and personally I love the sound of this. Do you allow volunteers to work with you? Obviously I have a current CRB check due to my profession. I would love to do some volunteering with you in my spare time.
    My father is a retired farm worker who would love to attend your farm but lives in Bury St Edmunds.

    1. Hi Val, thank you for your comment, we don’t currently have volunteers as we have not long been going and we would need to manage a volunteer programme and provide training and supervision. However, it may be something we do in the future as we expand – watch this space! Liz

  2. Hello,
    How much does it cost to attend your care farm?
    Are carers allowed to accompany farm helpers?
    Do you ever have trial days?
    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Joanna

      I did respond to your email but cannot find any evidence in my sent box! So just in case you did not get it, it costs £56.10 per day and yes carers can accompany farm helpers. We usually have a visit to assess suitability followed by a free taster day. If you need any further information or would like a chat, please let me know!

      Kind regards,


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