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Social farming in Flanders and Belgium

According to the most recent count of the Support Centre for Green Care in September 2006, over 200 care farms are more or less active in Flanders. These are all active agricultural or horticultural businesses that provide care for clients as a sideline to their normal farming activities farming takes priority over the caring aspect. These businesses are mostly run by families. In every region in Flanders, institutional farms or sheltered workshops with agricultural or horticultural activities exist as well. In these initiatives, the care for the clients is more important than the business aspect. These initiatives are mostly run by employees of the institutions.