The 5 Acre Project has a carefully developed framework designed to address the impacts of developmental trauma, ill mental health and the myriad of barriers that can face young people causing disengagement from education, healthy connections, wellbeing and belonging. The 5 Acre Project offers a place of belonging where young people can work, learn and succeed in a non-judgmental, therapeutic farm environment. 5 Acres allows young people to grow beautiful and nourishing food and plants, cook food each day, develop barista and food handling skills, experience safe risk taking opportunities through wood chopping, fire lighting, carving, animal training as well as engaging in 100% hands on projects such as bush furniture, blacksmithing, pottery, large building projects and therapeutic animal care with all our furred and feathered friends.
The therapeutic framework in which The 5 Acre Project operates aims to calm heightened nervous systems, reduce high cortisol levels, develop secure and safe spaces and relationships whilst ensuring success is experienced.
Through our work with animals both small and large we support and strengthen healthy attachment and community connection leading to the building of trust and establishing the capacity of building healthy future relationships.
The 5 Acre Project allows young people to be immersed in a range of skills in a safe, holistic space offering the opportunity to engage in a wide and diverse range of projects that build capacity & knowledge whilst experiencing a sense of belonging, success and pride for young people in themselves and who they are.
The following principles are embedded into The 5 Acre Project.