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Trustee opportunities at Oxford City Farm


 We have exciting opportunities at trustee level at Oxford City Farm.

Are you passionate about local food, building community and improving health and well being? Do you have the time, energy and enthusiasm to help ensure that this dynamic local charity continues to thrive?

We are at point of growth and transition as we develop capacity to expand our work with the community. We are seeking experienced and highly motivated individuals with the skills and commitment to support the delivery of our mission.

In this recruitment round we are particularly seeking to recruit a new Treasurer, plus trustees with skills and experience in the following areas: PR and marketing, Community Business development, HR and Policy.

Individual role descriptions are available.

However if  you have interest in supporting the charity at Trustee level and have experience in other areas, we would also be interested in hearing from you.

For role descriptions and further information  please Email

Closing date for current recruitment round: 21st August 2018

Garlic Plaiting at July work party

Would you like to see a new Community Kitchen in Oxford?

Please complete our survey

(deadline Tues 31st October).

Oxford City Farm is at a very exciting point and we are doing lots of thinking about how we will develop and grow our space and our work in the community. One of the options we are considering is setting up a Community Kitchen on our site.

The kitchen would support our education work around growing and eating local, healthy and seasonal food. It would provide a space for sharing skills, building confidence and bringing people together. Our plan would be to offer affordable community classes and workshops – these might include after school clubs for children, family learning days, special support sessions for older people or those who are socially isolated. Eventually we would want to offer accredited training and support to increase employability skills. The kitchen could be hired out by professional tutors and cooks to run courses, or for caterers and small food entrepreneurs wanting to scale up their business.

To help our thinking we need a better understanding of the current interest, demand and need for this type of community facility in Oxford.

So, if you
• might be interested in coming to a class or workshop,
• work to support people in our local community,

• work in education,
• are involved in a growing project and might be interested in hiring a kitchen to add value to your produce,
• are a local caterer or food entrepreneur who might be interested in renting a kitchen to run courses or scale up your business
• might be interested in working in partnership with the farm to run courses to support the people you work with
• are from a local business who might be interested in hiring the kitchen for a team building day


For more information contact

Festival resounding success

What an amazing day was had on the farm on the 7th of October. Hundreds of people came to support our event and had fun meeting animals, pressing apples, dancing in the “Mini-sty of sound” piglet disco or being entertained by wonderful ammassed voices of 2 community choirs and fantastic talents of the the Oxford Ukuleles.

Not to mention sampling some lovely local ale courtesy of our friends at the Jolly Post Boys and enjoying some delicious ethically sourced foodie treats and home made cakes at the tea tent.

This first festival was supported by a grant from the National lottery celebrate fund. Enabling us to bring in Jade Neville to co-ordinate the festival. Thanks Jade it was great!

The whole event would not have been possible without the many volunteers who gave their time to serve tea, sell pumkins, chop apples and so much more. Thanks so much to both our regulars and those new faces who responded to our shout out for help.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come and thanks to the lottery funding was not set up primarily us a fund -raiser. However sales of pumkins, potatoes, honey tea and cake plus donations from stall holders meant we raised in the region of £1500. Valuable untied funds that will help us take the farm funds.

Thanks to everyone who came – it was so great to have you down on the farm – come back again soon!

We are already thinking about what we can improve for next year!

click here to see the great coverage we received in the Oxford Mail