This is a KEEP-IT-ALL project, anything raised will be reinvested straight back into the venture. We also have an everyday donations page for which we are very grateful to everybody who keep us afloat - we rely on you to help us buy the day to day equipment like sensory and visual aids, kitchen and gardening equipment.
This, however, is a long term vision.
On a community care farm, not far far away - between Leeds and Harrogate (Wetherby) to be precise, we help improve mind and body health in a supportive environment, delivering results for people and planet, working hand-in-hand with nature.
You can learn how to care for small animals, try permaculture (the most sustainable form of horticulture), and progress towards qualifications and work experience. Work of this kind improves self-esteem, helps social skills and fosters lasting friendships. Nature-based interventions are proven to be therapeutic, we aim to be fully inclusive and we want to be able to offer the benefits of these activities to all ages and abilities.
Our directors have a wealth of teaching, support work and social work backgrounds and we are looking to provide positive outcomes for all the living aspects of the farm, for all to live up to their potential. We have consultants from permaculture and horticulture backgrounds, an onsite vet and farming experts to hand.
We plan to extend and improve our activities, making what we have more accessible and productive. A new, wheelchair friendly polytunnel in our existing allotment for example, would mean more clients are able to take part in horticulture planting and potting on. Similarly, an accessible compost toilet would be both considerate for people and for our environment.
We would further like to extend our project. A heritage orchard, grown in a forest garden style, will showcase the ability of small spaces to provide food and shelter for humans, animals, insects and plants. We have a specialist heritage consultant ready to help us get started with trees and bushes that are rare, sometimes endangered but always tasty and versatile. Alongside this we can offer refuge to farm animals and raise some heritage breeds too. To provide for these animals we require secure fencing and other equipment, along with a feed store.
To provide for the humans, we need a fully accessible compost toilet and we need a learning room with a wood burner and with a kitchen for bad weather. We aim to keep our environmental impact to a minimum but our social benefit impact to a maximum. The learning room would be equipped with interactive exhibitions of science for children up to adults, explaining food chains, the weather, the water cycle and the life cycles of creatures found on the farm. We have all sorts of habitats here for people to explore and engage with, from Forest School pre-schoolers to Groundwork Leeds conservationists.
With a successful project, our members can offer 'farm to fork' food at a cafe and we will be able to offer qualifications specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities such as catering and employability along with those already in the pipeline to do with animal care and land based studies.