Save our Farm! Swansea Community Farm Needs YOU!!

by Swansea Community Farm in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales

We are a community led charity in real threat of closure unless we raise the funds we need by the end of March 2017.

by Swansea Community Farm in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales

We did it
On 23rd March 2017 we successfully raised £29,328 with 155 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

We really need to Save our Farm and any additional money we raise will help us keep going for the future.


Too Good to Lose!WHO ARE WE?

Swansea Community Farm is a community led, multi-award winning, charitable organisation, set in 3.5 acres of land in Swansea.  As the only city farm in Wales, we, like many other small charities are finding it more and more difficult to fund our running and management costs. 

WHAT DO WE NEED?

We are seeking £25,000 through crowdfunder to ensure we continue into the future.  If we don't raise the funds we need by the end of March, we will be facing a very serious possibility of closure.  This money will enable us to continue for 6 months during which time we will be looking for a partner that shares our aims of reconnecting people with their food, their environment and each other. This is an all or nothing campaign- we will not take your money unless we achieve our target.

WHAT ARE OUR ASSESTS?

Our biggest asset is our volunteers!

They range from 8 years to 80 years old and are the lifeblood of our Farm.  Without them, we could not exist.  They are an extremely committed and passionate bunch of people who, in 2015, gave over 16,600 hours of their time to help run the Farm. 

On 2 February this year, our volunteers pledged over 5,600 hours of their time to help keep the Farm running over the next year.  At £8.45ph (real Living Wage) this is worth £47,320 - we may be short of money but we've got plenty of desire, passion and willing hands: please help us match this by pledging today!

Our purpose designed site has been built by the volunteers and has been evolving and developing for over 17 years.  We offer free access to the public and provide a fantastic urban green space for children and adults alike where they can get close to nature and our rare-breed farm animals.

We also offer accredited training to people from the local area in cooking skills and healthy eating, food growing, nature conservation skills and animal care.  Each year we have approximately 110 people who gain NOCN qualifications through our training courses. 

"I proper enjoyed learning to cook with Gordon and Denise... I take all the knowledge home with me and have started to cook all the healthier recipes and food with my children.  I don't buy frozen, packaged or process meals any more.  What a changed mum I am!"  One lady who attended our healthy eating and cooking skills course in 2015.

Our fantastic work with children and young people received UK wide recognition as we were featured heavily in November's promotion of BBC Children in Need's fundraising campaign.  We are in our 10th consecutive year of BBC CiN funding!

One of our younger volunteers, Harlie, featured on the Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show and melted hearts around the UK. 

Harlie, along with Tari also featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Listening Project' - Click here to listen.

Our children and younger people look after the Farm on a Saturday, where they take part in activities such as gardening, animal care, cooking in our cafe and grounds maintenance. 

"Since attending the Farm, our son has been a different person!  As a family we cannot thank you enough, he is learning to be more independent and his social skills have improved so much in a relatively short time." A grateful parent whose son attends our Saturday Club.

Please don't let Swansea Community Farm close - please help us stay open by pledging now!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Our eternal gratitude!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Voucher for 2 people for 'Toddler Play and Picnic'. Voucher includes play time in our fantastic mud kitchen with tea and cake in our Farm Café afterwards. Muddy hands and feet a must!!

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

Free 2017 Farm calendar for the first 10 people to pledge £20

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Come and enjoy tea and cake for 2 in our café after exploring our fabulous Farm.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Free Family Membership for the Farm which includes 10% off all our on site produce and a feel good factor for helping save our Farm!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Acknowledgement on our website as a backer of our crowdfunder campaign and a free ticket to our Farm Party (25th March)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Two free tickets for our Farm Party on 25 March and your name on our 'Thank You Board' for being a fabulous Farm Supporter!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Join our Animal Keeper for an 'access all areas' animal experience and 2 tickets for our Farm Party on 25 March.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Become a beekeeper (for up to 4 people)! Put on a bee suit and join our bee experts to find out all about our bees and get a pot of Farm honey (our honey is usually harvested in July each year) plus 4 tickets for our Farm Party on 25 March.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A bread making session for yourself or the whole family (up to 4 people). Come along and join our bread making experts for a morning or afternoon and take your loaf of freshly baked bread home with some inspiration to get baking! Plus 4 tickets to come along to our Farm Party on 25 March.

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