Powering Farnham Community Farm Forward

by Katie Forman in Farnham, Surrey, England

We did it
On 27th July 2018 we successfully raised £5,359 with 109 supporters in 49 days

Help us get renewable energy to our community farm, buy equipment for growing our lovely veg, and improve facilities for our volunteers!

by Katie Forman in Farnham, Surrey, England

6th
6th place in the M&S Energy Fund 2018 - Most raised
4th
4th place in the M&S Energy Fund 2018 - Most supporters

WE ARE CROWDFUNDING TO FUTURE PROOF OUR COMMUNITY FARM!

Who are we?

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Farnham Community Farm grows vegetables for, and with, the local community. All year round we supply our members with a weekly bag of fresh, seasonal veg. For most of the year all the veg is all grown entirely ourselves, here in Farnham. Our veg is always pesticide-free and we grow to organic principles. We are an award winning, not-for-profit, Community Supported Agriculture scheme, based in Surrey.

Our members feel connected to where their food comes from, and they know they are supporting a small-scale local producer who farms with care for the environment. As a cooperative all our members have a say in how our scheme is run, and everyone is welcome to join in and volunteer in the field, helping to grow and harvest the vegetables they will eat. 

"I would never usually buy the leaves or greens we've had but honestly they've been the best thing on my plate this last few weeks! We've used everything and it's all been delicious. I love the ethos of the project and look forward to bringing my daughter to help out in the school holidays!"

-Emma, member.


Community Outreach

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As well as providing veg for our community, we also offer work experience placements for young people and adults living with disabilities. Every week a local school with pupils who have learning difficulties and additional needs, particularly autism, volunteer at the farm as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. 

"Thank you for enabling our students and adult with a disability the opportunity to volunteer at Farnham Community Farm. Your support, welcome and environment make even the hardest-to-help feel valued, and have a role in the community. I know that some of our customers volunteering with you have been unable to find placements elsewhere, so we are very grateful for your openness to all. Even when we turn up with students who would rather sit in the car than work, you find easier, fun tasks for them to do... so thank you."

— Angie Cogbill, South Service Coordinator, Surrey Choices EmployAbility

Why do we need your help?

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Not too long ago we had to move to a new site, which has meant starting from scratch, especially regarding our infrastructure. We would like to grow for more households, and there is huge demand, and enough land, but at the moment with our current resources we are limited to 60. 

20 more veg bag members would allow us to be financially self-sufficient and no longer rely on grants to cover any staff salaries. 

To reach this goal, we need to invest in more labour saving equipment and materials. 

Your donation will go towards:

  • Installing a renewable energy supply to the farm, we currently have no electricity at the site which makes things very difficult. A bank of solar panels and batteries will help run things like heated benches in the plant nursery.

  • Expanding the irrigation to cover the whole of the field, meaning we can water our crops more efficiently.

  • Installing a compost loo; we currently only have a three-sided shed with some straw on the ground as our toilet (suitable for number ones only)!
  • A walk-behind tractor; as a small team of three, plus volunteer support, we rely on our walk-behind tractor to save us from doing everything by hand. Unfortunately, this tractor was recently stolen. We are temporarily borrowing a replacement, but it’s old, and it breaks down a lot. We need a bigger machine to scale up our production, and allow us to use more growing methods that look after the soil.
  • Stepping up security at the farm, following the theft of our tractor and other tools. As well as replacing these tools, we need to do our best to ensure this doesn't happen again.
  • Essential growing equipment that helps us grow pesticide free, such as insect mesh and bird netting. 
  • A walk-in fridge to store veg as soon as it’s harvested; we currently have to chase the shade around our exposed field on harvest days! This would also allow us to properly store our winter veg such as squash.
  • A  wood-fired pizza oven; we built one on our old site, which formed a real hub for our community. It meant we could feed our volunteers, and it raised funds for the farm. We’d love to reinstate that community base with a pizza oven on our new site.
  • Potentially making up the rest of our Farm Coordinator's salary for this year; taking it to full-time at minimum wage. We have applied for a grant that we will hopefully get, but if not we need a back up!

The potential is there for Farnham Community Farm to provide many more people with locally grown, pesticide free food, and be part of a real community. Your pledges will allow us to make important investments in the farm, that will have an effect for many years to come.

Thank you!


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Your Name on our Wall of Fame

At the farm we will add your name to a wall of our crowdfunder supporters that will stand pride of place at the entrance to our field.

£10 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Farnham Community Farm jute bag

Sturdy natural hessian jute bag with Farnham Community Farm logo to both sides. 30 x 30 x 18cm. Made from a sustainable crop Printed in the UK Collect from the farm or we can post to you at your cost.

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Cupsmith coffee

Two bags of Cupsmith's highest quality, freshly roasted speciality coffee, (beans or ground to your requirements). To be collected from Cupsmith, or we can deliver locally if in Farnham. https://www.cupsmith.com

£10 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Afternoon Tea Party at the Farm

One ticket to an afternoon tea party at the farm, Saturday 7th July, 3pm. Enjoy the full works; sandwiches, scones, cake and tea in the lovely green surroundings of our farm. Suitable for vegetarians. Kids go free or donation on the day. Let us know your name in the comments and if you are bringing children; how many. Please park at Packhouse OVERFLOW car park and walk down the lane to our field.

£10 or more

6 of 50 claimed

One of a kind upcycled fabric flower brooch

Made from up-cycled fabrics by FCF member Sweet Myrtle (Ginny). Backed with felt and finished with a recycled button. Metal safetly brooch back fastening. Not suitable for children under 3 years. Collect from Farnham Community Farm or we can post to you (in the UK) for £2.95

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Mediterranean herb pot

A mix of herbs in a terracotta pot, grown by us from seed in organically approved premium compost. Suitable for a sunny windowsill or the garden. Collect from Farnham Community Farm.

£15 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Oriental herb pot

A mix of oriental herbs in a terracotta pot, grown by us from seed in organically approved premium compost. Suitable for a sunny windowsill or the garden.

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Cupsmith coffee and hot chocolate set

Two bags of Cupsmith's highest quality, freshly roasted speciality coffee, (beans or ground to your requirements), plus one bag of Cupsmith's handmade, single origin Truly Magnificent Hot Chocolate To be collected from Cupsmith, or we can deliver locally if in Farnham. https://www.cupsmith.com

£18 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Limited Edition screen print

Choose from an £18 screen print of your choice from Design & Draw by Kate Maxwell. Kate grew up in Farnham and her work is sold in The Maltings. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DesignandDraw Collect from Farnham Community Farm, or we can post to you at your cost.

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personalised embroidered canvas tote bag

Local textile artist and Farnham Community Farm member Sarah Chatterton has embroidered her beautiful unique artworks onto canvas tote bags. Choose from a range of designs. Sarah will personalise your bag with a name/words of your choice. Collect from Sarah's studio in Rowledge or Farnham Community Farm in Runfold. https://www.sarah-chatterton.co.uk

£20 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Adopt a Crop

Choose a crop on the farm and we'll label it with your name with a little plaque, and send you photo updates as it grows, until it's harvested.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Homemade lemon set from Applegarth Farm shop

Hand painted Spanish lemon design ceramic tapas dish with small jar of house preserved lemons and small jar home made vegan lemon curd from Applegarth Farm shop and restaurant in Grayshott, Hampshire. Collect from Farnham Community Farm or Applegarth Farm shop.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Homemade picnic for two in a jute bag

A delicious entirely homemade (vegetarian) picnic for two, in a Farnham Community Farm jute bag containing: 2x pates/dips Bread & crackers Salad & dressing Large savoury tart Sweet treats

£25 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Jute bag of our organically grown veg

A Farnham Community Farm jute bag containing a seasonal selection of our veg, grown to organic principles here in Farnham. Collect from Farnham Community Farm.

£30 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Veg garden starter kit

Your complete veg garden in a box. Will include 10 seedlings of 20 different veg types, all ready for you to plant in your veggie bed. You will collect from site choosing your favourite vegetables from our stock of plants in the propagation polytunnel, and we'll give you advice on growing them. Our seeds are started in organically approved premium compost.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personalised embroidered large canvas tote bag

Local textile artist and Farnham Community Farm member Sarah Chatterton has embroidered her beautiful unique artworks onto large canvas tote bags. Choose from a range of designs. Sarah will personalise your bag with a name/words of your choice. Collect from Sarah's studio in Rowledge or Farnham Community Farm in Runfold. https://www.sarah-chatterton.co.uk

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Vegan cream tea for two at Okomoko

An entirely plant -based cream tea for two at vegan cafe Okomoko, Downing Street, Farnham. Scones with coconut cream and jam, sweet treats and sandwiches. Plus coffee or tea of your choice. Has to be booked in advance by contacting Okomoko on 01252 712225. Reward must be redeemed within six months. http://okomoko.business.site

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

One-to-one soap/ bath-bomb/ candle making workshop

Choose between making your own soap, bath bomb or candle using organic, 100% pure ingredients, with Maxine from Live Free Eat Free. Take home what you make! The lesson can be held at Maxine's house, or she can come to you. Lesson duration: 2 hours.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Course of six yoga sessions

Six yoga sessions with Fiona from FarnhamLoveYoga. Fi offers hatha, vinyasa and restorative yoga classes at her yoga studio in South Farnham. Classes are always limited to 10 people. Your six sessions must be redeemed within a 12 week period.

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Homemade picnic for four in a jute bag

A delicious entirely homemade (vegetarian) picnic for four, in a Farnham Community Farm jute bag containing: 2 x pates/dips Bread & crackers Salad & dressing Large savoury tart Sweet treats Collect from Farnham Community Farm.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Homemade lemon set from Applegarth Farm Shop

Hand painted Spanish lemon design ceramic dish with large jar of house preserved lemons and large jar of home made vegan lemon curd from Applegarth Farm shop and restaurant in Grayshott, Hampshire. Collect from Farnham Community Farm or Applegarth Farm shop.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Organic local meat box

Organic meat box from Mill Farm Organic near Bentley. All animals raised and butchered at Mill Farm. Choose from: Organic Pedigree South Devon Beef Box Organic Pure Bred Black Welsh Mountain Lamb Box Organic Hampshire Saddleback Pork Box Organic Mixed Beef and Lamb Box Average weight 6.5kg. A mix of cuts, burgers and sausages. All meat fresh subject to availability, burgers and sausages may be frozen. Collect from Mill Farm.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Garden Design Consultation

Noemi from Mercurelli's Garden Design will visit your home and advise on what to plant, and where, in your garden. At the end of the session Noemi will leave you with an action plan for your redesigned garden. Noemi graduated in Garden Design after a BA in Applied Biocology, and was previously shortlisted for RHS National Young Designer of the Year.

£125 or more

0 of 1 claimed

One-to-one confidence and career coaching session

A one hour confidence and career coaching session with Jenny from Revitalise Coaching. Jenny can meet with you for your session (local to Farnham). https://www.revitalisecoaching.co.uk

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

One-to-one embroidery lesson with local artist

Local artist Sarah Chatterton specialises in 'free machine embroidery', creating unique beautiful pieces celebrating the delights of Mother Nature. This one-to-one lesson, based in Sarah's studio in Rowledge, Farnham, will be entirely tailored to you. Suitable for all levels of experience. Machine, fabric and thread included. 2.5 hours.

£160 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pair of tickets to farm to table dining experience

On 18th October A Table Outside will be hosting a three course farm-to-table dining experience at Christmas Pie Barns, West Farm, where Farnham Community Farm is based. Each course, created by award-winning local chef (and Masterchef finalist) Daniel Britten, will feature our pesticide-free produce as the star of the show. 2 tickets Thursday 18th October, 7pm Christmas Pie Barns, GU10 1PJ https://www.atableoutside.com

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Name our tractor

One of many things your donation will go towards is a new walk-behind BCS tractor. This is your chance to name our new tractor; name it after yourself, your child, your partner, your business... the choice is yours! We'll add a little plaque to the tractor and give you a certificate and photo of your namesake.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Year round growing consultation

Our grower Nick will provide four half day visits, staggered throughout the year, to give you advice on your growing. This can be at your home, allotment or business. Must be local to Farnham.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Learn to grow and cook farm experience

A private experience for up to four people. On arrival you'll be given a tour of the farm, then it's time to get your hands in the soil! We'll teach you all you want to know about growing veg. You'll then don your aprons for a cooking session. You'll get to eat the results of your efforts with an al fresco three course meal, plus delicious wine to accompany. You'll receive a jute bag of our lovely seasonal pesticide free veg to take home.

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