The team behind Oxford City farm have been working to bring City Farming to Oxford since 2008. We are a diverse group of local people with broad skills and experience in among other things, health, youth work, planning, community development, teaching, architecture, fund raising, horticulture, ecology and veterinary medicine.
We have negotiated a 40 year lease on our beautiful site. And have fund raised to be bring critical infrastructure including water, electricity, toilets and hand washing facilities and an office base to the site. Since Jan 2017 we have been running regular community farming days where members of the public get involved with the work of the farm, particularly developing infrastructure and supporting growing. We have also begun to develop partnerships with schools and other organisation to increase participation in our work. In 2018 we employed a part time community grower and development worker and are looking forward to employing a director in the near future.
Much time and energy has been focused on negotiating a lease on the Farm site which has changed hands a number of times during the period of negotiation. We are excited to say we are in the very final stages of this work and hope to be signing a 40 year lease in the very near future.
Meanwhile other work has included creating a phased design plan for the farm, drafting policy, fund raising, gaining planning permission, business planning, small scale site development including creation of a community orchard and making links with other like minded community groups and organisations.