The Pilot Study                                

In 2017 The Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust funded a pilot to introduce mindfulness to agriculture and measure what effect, if any it had on farmers and agricultural sector workers.  For each participant, qualitative data and quantitative data has been gathered and the format of the study is laid out below.  All of the participants shown here have given consent for their profiles to be shared under their name.  This is of course not compulsory - (the programme is fully confidential and anonymous unless otherwise expressed).
 
25 of 29 participants completed the programme and collectively produced the following results;
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- 20 % Decrease in stress
 
- 25% Increase in self-discipline
 
- 24 % Increase in a positive mind set
 
- 20 % Increase in purposeful focus
 
- 10% Increase in flow
 
 

The More the Merrier

The study has also identified that those participants that have reported mentally exercising in the form of meditating at least 5 times per week have collectively shown an even greater positive impact on their lives;

- 27.6 % Decrease in Stress

- 24.4 % Increase in a positive mind set

- 22.8 % Increase in purposeful focus

To view full results so far and the Focussed Farmers Story CLICK HERE

How we conducted the study

Empirical data

After watching the free video series, the participants took a Mindfulness Measurement Index (MMI) which consists of 100 statements to rate 1 - 10.  It is not a personality profile nor a psychometric test, it is a snapshot of how the individual sees themselves and feels about areas of their life.

After 8- 12 weeks of regular meditation, supported by coaching sessions for the participant around mindful ways to set goals, the MMI was again taken by the participant and a graph is shared to compare results.

Below shows the typical difference that the study has shown will be made through regular meditation of just 10 minutes each day (click on each profile to the right to view individual results).

Typical graph to show change over 12 weeks

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Straight from the horse's mouth

The participants were also quizzed on the personal benefits that the programme of coaching and meditation has brought to them and again you can read in more detail if you click the profiles on the right hand side.

Can I get involved?

The results were so astounding that the Focussed Farmers has continued to deliver this information to the ag-community through presentations, workshops and discussion groups.  The purposeful focus development coaching programme is available to individuals or group for small-scale family farms or larger agri-business organisations.

Find out more about the Purposeful Focus Development Programme

 

Participant Profiles

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