***UPDATE 1/8/17: We have recieved offline donations totalling £1775, so our funding target for online donations is now £10225. Thank you for all the donations, we are so close!***
We want to build a vibrant and inclusive city farm for Oxford
Our story so far....
Oxford City Farm is a small charity run by a passionate and committed group of local people.
We are working to bring all the proven health, social and environmental benefits of city farming to our urban community.
In February this year, after five years of negotiation, we signed a 40 year lease on a piece of land in East Oxford (just off Cornwallis Rd, OX4).
We have a fantastic diverse group of volunteers involved helping with everything from 'back office work' like fundraising, planning, design, events and publicity to those who enjoy getting stuck in at our regular work parties to clear the land, grow food, look after our animals and learn new skills.
Despite the land being derelict we have already made some real progress, we have growing spaces, a polytunnel, bee hives and for the last few months some pigs-on-loan from a local farmer.
But we want to do so much more....
As our capacity increases we hope to open the site more regularly for visitors and volunteers to enjoy. We want the farm to be as accessible as possible. This means we are committed to it being a free to enter space, where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn, grow and have fun together through hands-on experiences with farm animals and food production.
We also plan to offer a wide range of targeted training and support for groups, including young people, and those with additional support needs.
We hope eventually to have a classroom and community kitchen on site, so we can work with schools and community groups, as well as a cafe which will offer training and employment opportunities.
Why we need your help now...
We need to raise £12,000 so we can install water and electricity on the site. This will mean we can:
- scale up our community growing giving more local people access to the health and social benefits of being involved in the production and consumption of fresh local food
- install accessible toilets and hand washing facilities which are essential for all our visitors and volunteers
- look after animals permanently on the site - we hope to have chickens, goats and other small animals and visiting larger animals like our pigs-on-loan.
The beautiful designs for our 'goat on a tote' bags and 'fowl on a towel' teatowels (also available as framed limited edition prints):
Thanks for your support!