WHAT IS FOODBANK FARM?
Currently a very simple concept, which together with our volunteers, we are working hard to make a reality.
The money we raise will allow us to develop a community farm on a plot of land in North Lanarkshire (Scotland).
The land has been identified and the relevant legal paperwork is in-hand, but your donations will allow us to secure the necessary infrastructure to produce and deliver quality food for those living in economically challenging situations.
By utilising the skills of our volunteers, many of whom themselves have experienced challenging situations at home or in the workplace, we aim for this to be a sustainable venture that benefits not only those in receipt of our hard work, but those volunteering to provide the hard work, through a re-connection to nature, exercise and renewed sense of community spirit.
TELL ME MORE... (A WORD FROM THE PROJECT DESIGNER)
They say charity starts at home, yet in Scotland, part of the developed world, with above average (globally) household incomes and fantastic public services, there are still many families 'on the bread-line'. In addition, we have a growing obesity epidemic, resulting from our progressively sedentary lifestyle choices and the poor quality of produce consumed by many in the form of 'pre-packed' or 'junk' food.
Foodbank Farm is a two-fold community project featuring elements such as vegetable growing (shocked!?), looking after small animals, etc. The aim is to produce quality food to donate to worthy causes, including foodbanks across Lanarkshire, as well as directly to those in need.
It will be situated in the Lanarkshire area of Scotland and will primarily function as a small self-contained farm, producing quality fresh produce on a small scale. Local families can, as mentioned, then take part in the keeping/welfare of our small farmyard animals and assist in the general farming process.
As a side, we also aim to provide a means for estates and farms to donate to local food banks via our collection and on-site processing facilities, something they currently struggle with due to strict food processing laws - a resource which we believe is currently untapped and an issue easily remedied.
Unlike a CSA project (e.g. http://www.justfood.org/csa) we do not intend to offer ‘membership’ in return for a proportion of our produce, as the majority of the food we produce will be donated to those in economically challenging situations.
A word from one of the co-founders...
HELPING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY BY...
Developing a community spirit and tackling sedentary lifestyles by providing a place for outdoor activities, where local families can get involved at minimal or no cost to them.
Though you would consider 'food production' as our core offering, many low-income families in the West of Scotland also suffer from limited access to support and guidance regarding healthy living and many unemployed persons lack the opportunity to pursue careers in outdoor roles due to a lack of transport and/or skills. By becoming an active participant in our project, volunteers will be given the opportunity to develop life-changing skills, improve their fitness and receive guidance on how to make better/healthier food choices.
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH?
Ok, so we appreciate that in return for your hard earned money, it would be nice to receive a reward! (other than a warm fuzzy feeling) So yes, you can not only feel good that you are helping local people feed the nations less fortunate, but we have also made a stack of 'MERCH' for you to keep forever!
OUR PROJECT PLAN
If our project this resonates with you, please support our campaign!
For ease of administration, Foodbank Farm (Lanarkshire) is currently a trading name of Dark Grey Enterprises Ltd (our sponsor).
Once the crowdfunding project is complete we aim to either;
- Register as a separate charity (assuming we achieve our donation target)
- Register as a separate Ltd or CIC (allowing us to continue our work initially as a CSA, though still aiming to deliver upon our promise to commit the majority of our produce to local good causes)
Please be part of the solution to bring healthy and sustainable food to low income families across Scotland. Support, pledge and get involved in our project and its funding to enable us to realise our vision.
If you’re not able to contribute, but like what we're about, why not get the word out! Shout about us on twitter and Facebook, whatsapp it to your friends (and enemies?), email it to your colleagues and talk about it with your family!
If you would like to get in touch directly you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org