Of the Land by Gartur Stitch Farm

by Gartur Stitch Farm in Stirling, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st April 2023 we successfully raised £16,297 with 197 supporters in 32 days

Spend a penny to spend a penny! Help us upgrade our loo facilities and event barn to make visits more comfortable.

by Gartur Stitch Farm in Stirling, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The stretch target will enable us to make significant improvements to our catering facilities. We are adding two kitchen set ups to the farm - one small kitchen in the studio that will allow us to host new and improved sourdough workshops in the space and move the catering for events out of our very small house kitchen (with its ancient Stanley Rayburn cookstove).

And, most excitingly, we will also be adding a new outdoor kitchen to the back of the event barn in the old laundry green.  This space will host our new business partner Lucy Pattinson of The Fodderation who will be serving delicious farm to table meals from produce grown here on the estate. 

These changes add a level of sustainability to the business we couldn't have dreamed of a few years ago. We have traditionally done everything - grown it, cooked it, served it, taught it, washed the dishes after it- to our detriment. It was too much, but with limited facilities getting help was tricky.  A few simple changes will allow us to get more help and give the business the space it needs to grow.


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About Us

We are Kat and Kevin and we run Gartur Stitch Farm - an education-led smallholding that focuses on regenerative growing and making across traditional crafts, land-based skills and food. Through our on-farm events, online courses and publications, we’ve connected with thousands of people from all over the world across hugely diverse backgrounds and experiences of land-based craft and growing. 

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From past workshops, exhibitions and events covering crochet, knitting, natural dyeing, sourdough bread, foraging and even goat milking, we have so many amazing stories of people learning with us that crosses a whole spectrum – from folk coming to a farm for the first time and learning about how things grow and are made, to very experienced farmers who have been displaced and are seeking asylum here in the UK. As much as we've taught, we've learned just as  much about different craft practices and growing techniques. 

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Our motto is "Life in the Making" and that is really the heart of absolutely everything we do. We take a very wide look at the making - we love to dig deep into how things are grown - the materials for our crafts, the dyes that colour things, the food that we cook with - as well as ultimately how they are disposed of. It is this wide view that informs our events and publications - how can we make more with what we have around us...even if sometimes the making is only a mess. 

Our Project

This spring, we’ve partnered with Creative Scotland to match-fund our sales so that we can make a few key improvements to our set up here at Gartur. We work in an incredible 200+ year old farm steading, but in order to build a robust programme of land-based craft workshops, exhibitions and events, we need to change some key bits of infrastructure.

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Spend a Penny to Spend a Penny

Our old farm was never designed to host many folk and last year, our events came to an abrupt halt when we had problems with our septic system. The Victorians were great for many things, but their plumbing wasn't one of them. It was a blow after two years of reduced capacity due to COVID. With only one public loo in the house, we need to expand facilities in order to stay open. 

We hope to use the crowd-matched funds to build a set of accessible loos on site to take pressure off of our current toilet in the house. This will enable guests to have a more comfortable visit without putting pressure on our delicate drainage system.

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Weatherproofing Our Event Barn

Our stretch target is focussed on improving our main workshop space. We’ve taken over a beautiful old barn for our workshops and exhibitions  which enables us to host even more people and make even more of a mess. However, it needs a few improvements to improve its versatility - such as barn doors to protect us from the weather and usable electrics!

Pay it Forward

Alongside the facilities development, we are hoping to develop a scholarship for underserved communities across our range of workshops and events. This will be used to support both individual places on workshops, and also group events for communities groups as well as help with logistical issues like transport that can often be barriers to rural events. Equalities and diversity is central to everything we do here. 


Our Rewards

With updated facilities, we have exciting plans to create a new offering of land-based workshops centred on craft and food. With a weather-tight barn, we will able to upgrade other areas, such as putting in a workshop sink and workspace in the event barn and bringing in a new resident chef - Lucy Pattinson of The Fodderation, who is a specialist in open fire cooking and wild food.

While some of our events are still in development, we have listed a sample of what is to come. From workshops with friends of the farm, Jane Lindsay and Eilidh Weir on textiles and natural dyeing, to photography workshops with Kat to gorgeous farm and forest to table meal with Lucy, we have something for everyone. You can read more about the events and find the terms and conditions here.

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We also will have the 6th edition of our Life in the Making bookazine: Rooted: From Soil to Made is a craft focussed issue, looking at eco-printing, natural dyeing, charcoal making and more. 

Every workshop has a "Pay it Forward" option. If you love the sound of a specific workshop, but can't make it to us, you can buy a space for someone from an underserved community to attend. 

About Crowd Match

Gartur Stitch Farm has been chosen as part of the 2023 Creative Scotland Crowdmatch competition. Creative Scotland will match individual pledges from the crowd up to a total of £10,000 per project. So if you donate £20 to our project, your donation will be matched with a £20 pledge from Creative Scotland, effectively doubling your contribution!

The great thing with the crowd-match set up from Creative Scotland is that you just make bookings and purchases that you usually  would through our website, but until the 17th of April, if you book  through the crowdfunder platform, Creative Scotland will match every purchase. 

This means for every purchase or donation of £10, Creative Scotland will match £10, with a maximum match of £250 per transaction (and only the first transaction per customer). 

You may remember that we ran a crowdfunder 5 years ago to improve the accessibility of our site. This work builds on that - expanding what we can offer and the communities we work with. Crowdmatch enables us to leverage our work in a way that brings in additional funds to get capital investment we wouldn't normally have access to as a small rural business. 

Thanks so much for all of your support. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£42 or more

Wild Inspired Online Game Cooking Demo

14th May from 4pm BST Join Lucy from The Fodderation for an online Wild Inspired Game cooking demo. Either tune in to watch for some fresh May-time menu inspiration or source the ingredients yourself, light a fire and cook along with Lucy at home. Ingredient/ kit list will be confirmed 1st May Expect gorgeous food, great fires and lots of good fun!

£15 or more

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Enamel Cup with Gartur Stitch Farm Logo

These massive enamel mugs are our favourite drinkware around here. They hold 590ml of tea, coffee or even a cheeky g&t. Made here in the UK, we've had ours for years and they have held up incredibly well to the trials and tribulations of daily life.

£15 or more

Book: Rooted: Soil to Made

The next book in our Life in the Making series, Rooted: Soil to Made is a collection of our favourite makes and bakes using plants that are easily grown and foraged throughout the UK. As keen foragers and gardeners, we love nothing more than bringing the outside into our home and kitchen. This collection of recipes and tutorials works its way through the seasons with a selection of crafts and recipes for some of our favourite makes.

£20 or more

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BoiBoi Portrait by Tori Radcliffe

Long time followers of the farm will know the gorgeous BoiBoi, our elderly KuneKune pig. This portrait by Tori Radcliffe captures his nature perfectly.

£35 or more

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Event: Restitched Workshop with Eilidh Weir

Saturday 10th June 2 - 5pm As part of our Love Letter to the Land exhibition, learn to hand stitch a pot holder from fabric scraps and learn quilting basics with Eilidh Weir from All That is Braw. In this workshop you will learn to construct and make hand sewn pot holders using old clothes. You will learn the basics of quilting on a small scale and find a use for some of those tricky to recycle textiles like socks and t-shirts and trousers.

£35 or more

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Event: Intro to Flatbed Botanical Printing

Saturday 17th June 2 - 5 pm As part of our Love Letter to the Land exhibition, join Jane Lindsey from Snapdragon Life to make your own unique artwork with locally foraged leaves and flowers. This technique is one Jane has developed herself and this is the first demo

£35 or more

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Event: Farm to Table Dinner

10th June 5pm Join us at the farm for a gorgeous Farm to Table dinner cooked over fire with Lucy Pattinson of The Fodderation. With the freshest food you can find, great company and a beautiful barn, celebrate the opening of the event barn with us.

£70 or more

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Event: Restitched Workshop + Farm to Table Dinner

Saturday 10th June 2 - 8pm As part of our Love Letter to the Land exhibition, learn to hand stitch a pot holder from fabric scraps and learn quilting basics with Eilidh Weir from All That is Braw. Afterwards join us for our Farm to Table dinner cooked over fire with Lucy Pattinson of The Fodderation.

£70 or more

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Event: Botanical Printing + Farm to Table Dinner

Saturday 17th June 2 -8 pm As part of our Love Letter to the Land exhibition, join Jane Lindsey from Snapdragon Life to make your own unique artwork with locally foraged leaves and flowers. Then Kat and Kevin for a sumptuous and atmospheric rustic Farm to Table Dinner. Our food is the freshest you will get as comes straight from our vegetable garden onto your dinner plate.

£75 or more

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Event: Visual Storytelling

Saturday 20th May 10-4pm Join Kat and learn how to tell stories with your camera. Having worked across craft and lifestyle photography, Kat loves nothing more than seeing the world through her lens. Spend the day getting to know your camera, learning the basics of light and composition and understanding how to tell a story through images. Whatever camera you have is welcome from smart phone to DSLR. Lunch and homebaking provided.

£105 or more

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Bundle for Katherine R.

1 x Restitched Workshop 2 x Farm to Table Dinner - 10th June

£250 or more

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Life in the Making Weekend: July 8th & 9th

Join us for a weekend celebrating a life in the making. With workshops on foraging, natural dyeing, ecoprinting, weaving and more, we will be teaching alongside some incredible craft people like Jane from Snapdragon Life and more. Saturday evening, we will gather around the fire for a wild inspired meal cooked for us by Lucy of The Fodderation. We return to the farm on Sunday for more making. read more at garturstitchfarm.com/events

£250 or more

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Landscape Photography Adventure

3-5th November Join Landscape Photography Rob Sutherland of Wayward Spirit Photography for a weekend in the Trossachs exploring the landscape with your camera. The weekend focuses on building your confidence and skills in landscape and travel photography, becoming more comfortable with your camera to allow creativity to take over from thinking about the technicalities...and see some stunning landscapes along the way.

£250 or more

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Life in the Making Weekend: September 16th & 17th

Join us for a weekend celebrating a life in the making. With workshops on foraging, preserving and more, we will be teaching alongside some incredible craft people. Saturday evening, we will gather around the fire for a wild inspired meal cooked for us by Lucy of The Fodderation. We return to the farm on Sunday for more making. You also get a weeds & seeds book + an enamel mug

£20 or more

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Event: Kidding Around at GSF

Saturday 8th April 10-1pm Come to the farm to celebrate Spring. A morning session of mini petting zoo, cuddling baby goats, painting eggs, planting seeds, scavenger hunt and a goat walk. Ticket is for one adult, kids are free and includes all materials, snacks and hot drinks.

£20 or more

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Event: Kidding Around at GSF

Saturday 8th April 2-5pm Come to the farm to celebrate Spring. An afternoon session of mini petting zoo, cuddling baby goats, painting eggs, planting seeds, scavenger hunt and a goat walk. Ticket is for one adult, kids are free and includes all materials, snacks and hot drinks.

£30 or more

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Bundle for Pamela

1 x Enamel Mug 1 x Rooted Issue

£35 or more

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Event: Farm to Table Dinner

17th June 5pm Come join Kat and Kevin for a sumptuous and atmospheric rustic Farm to Table Dinner. Our food is the freshest you will get as comes straight from our vegetable garden onto your dinner plate. The tickets include a three course vegetarian country style dinner, with both home grown and locally foraged ingredients. There will also be homemade fruit spritzers and cordials. You are welcome to bring your own beverage.

£70 or more

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Package for Kat B.

Enamel Cup Rooted: Soil to Made Kidding Around - Afternoon

£85 or more

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Bundle for Aimee

1 x Issue 5 - Sourdough 1 x Issue 6 - Rooted 1 x Enamel Cup 1 x PIF Farm to Table Dinner

£85 or more

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Bundle for Helena

1x rooted book 1x PIF restitch workshop 1x PIF printing workshop

£105 or more

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Bundle for Katherine Rennie

One Restitched Workshop and Two Dinners for the 10th of June. Thanks!

£120 or more

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Package for Jean H

2 x Rooted: Soil to Made 2x PIF Farm to Table £20 donation

£250 or more

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Life in the Making Weekend: September 16th & 17th

Join us for a weekend celebrating a life in the making. With workshops on foraging, natural dyeing, ecoprinting, weaving and more, we will be teaching alongside some incredible craft people to be confirmed and more. Saturday evening, we will gather around the fire for a wild inspired meal cooked for us by Lucy of The Fodderation. We return to the farm on Sunday for more making. You also get a weeds & seeds book + an enamel mug

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