Since 2003 we offer 24-hour care and daycare in a pleasant social environment to children, young people, and adults who (temporarily) need it. We have horses, sheep, and chickens. There is a vegetable garden and many places to play. All activities are in the service of care.
- Name and Surname: Anouk Hafkamp.
- Birth Year: 1967.
- Gender: Female.
- Education: Applied Psychology BSc.
- Address/map: Jan Gosses wijk 9, 9367 TE, De Wilp.
- Farm Area (in ha): 2 ha.
- Date of establishment of the social farm: 2003.
- No of workers: 12. No of participants: 30 (max 10 per day).
Farm general description
The farm stands on 2 hectares of land. It consists of a big farmhouse, 1 building with a day care area and offices, and 2 more large barns for the animals and one work barn. There is also a greenhouse and a vegetable garden. On part of the meadow is a football field and a playground. There is a toad pool.
Jemalupe has 10 horses, five large and five small horses. There are four sheep and five chickens. There is a dog and two cats.
Jemalupe offers accommodation for children from 4 to about 16 years old. The children can stay at the weekend but also during the week. There are also children who live at Jemalupe. Jemalupe has daytime care for young adults with severe autism three days a week and there are two living places for adults.
Outpatient counseling is also offered to parents regarding parenting assistance.
The activities that are done on Jemalupe are very diverse. There are activities with and for the animals.
Feeding the animals, taking care of the stables, brushing the horses and riding lessons for the children from a qualified instructor. Furthermore, there is a lot of cooking and baking, and there is a lot of opportunity for play, inside and outside.
There is no productivity on the farm, all activities are for the care. The fruits and vegetables that grow in the greenhouse and vegetable garden are eaten by the participants. The horses are used for care, they are ridden, they are brushed, and the horses help with the mental development of the children.
The sheep make seasons visible by getting the lambs. The eggs from the chickens are searched and eaten by the participants.
Social Farm Manager Role
The manager creates favorable conditions for the supervisors and other employees of the team. They must be able to do their jobs well and implement their ideas and ideals. The tutor can thereby create favorable conditions for the participants so that they can also realize their ideas and the ideals. In this way, everyone on the social farm has the opportunity to develop optimally.
Social Farm Tutor Role
The tutor is directly responsible for the well-being and support of the participants’ development.
He/she facilitates, directs, draws up (if possible, together with the participant) the care plan and implements it.
Relationships with Social/Health Services
The relationship with the Social/Health services is important, they are the client, and they place the participants. This is currently the municipality in the Netherlands. A social farm must have contracts with various municipalities so that enough participants can come. There is also a possibility to join a purchasing organization for social farmers.
Relationships with families
Because the majority of our participants are children and youth, the relationship with the families is important to us. Especially the relationship with the parents or caregivers. They need to feel good about leaving their child in our care. There is a care plan meeting at least once a year, but with us there is always a handover at pick-up and drop-off.
Relationships with Social Agriculture Networks
The relationship with other social farms is great for our social farm. We work together with a social farm in the neighborhood. We are part of the association Social farms in the north of the Netherlands (association BEZINN), and the owner of Jemalupe sits on the board of the purchasing organization for care farmers in the north of the Netherlands (foundation BEZINN). Through cooperation, the opportunity for social farmers to develop is great.
Jemalupe offers 24-hour care and day care in a pleasant social environment. For children, young people and adults who (temporarily) need it. Every person is unique. The need for care and guidance therefore differs per person. Jemalupe connects to this within the possibilities and with the resources that Jemalupe has. Jemalupe is a safe haven, in the time you need care, and afterwards.
Jemalupe has no ambition at the moment to become big. Stability and high-quality care with highly trained people are important pillars for Jemalupe. Jemalupe also always follows the demand from healthcare. At the moment there is a lot of demand for children who drop out at school, research is currently being done into what the possibilities are for Jemalupe.
Suggestions for managing a social farm
When managing a social farm, it is especially necessary to obtain a lot of information from outside, for example politics, legislation, which questions and which bottlenecks are at play within healthcare.
Building/maintaining a good care network is also very important. In combination with all this information, it is very important to obtain and develop a good team of employees and tutors.
They are the face and implementers of care.