A local school has offered Oxford City Farm a fantastic modular classroon/kitchen space to re-use. We have just 3 weeks to raise the funds needed to relocate the building to our site in Florence Park. We urgently need to raise £40,000 to re-locate and transform the building into a warm, dry and fully-equipped teaching resource for people of all ages to prepare and cook fresh, healthy food grown and picked on site. £10,000 has already been pledged to save the classroom from landfill. Every donation, no matter how small, will help.
Re-homing the modular building at Oxford City Farm will be truly transformative in terms of the breadth, quality and sustainability of what we are able to offer on the farm.
It represents a huge leap forward. Providing a warm, dry and fully equipped teaching kitchen/classroom enables us to support people of all ages from across the community to build skills and confidence to cook and eat fresh healthy food that has been grown and picked on the site.
Why a kitchen/classroom at Oxford City Farm?
Covid19 has dramatically highlighted the need to address spiraling rates of lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and heart and lung disease and address health inequalities so that the poorest and most disadvantaged are not disproportionately affected by these illnesses. This building will enable us to work proactively all members of the community including reaching out to those in high risk groups and communities in need.
The building has wheelchair access so will drastically improve accessibility to the farm site. As well as the kitchen/classroom space, it also provides accessible toilet facilities, a reception and 3 small offices. The office space will house the Farm’s core staff team and the growing number of volunteers, it will also provide flexibility as private meeting space, and as ‘break-out’ space for courses and teaching small groups.
We need to raise £40,000 to transport this building by the 29th of May
The teaching space is versatile and will enable us to run courses in a whole range of subjects from cooking described above to food growing and permaculture and practical sustainability – greatly enhancing the practical opportunities for hands on learning on the wider farm site.
Please do what you can to help
We need to raise £40,000 by the end of May 2020 if we are to realise the potential of valuable resource. Certainly, it’s a big challenge, and we have just a small window of time to secure the resources that we need – We know this is a difficult time to be fundraising with so much uncertainty at the forefront of people’s minds, but we believe that it is possible. We have already secured £10,000 – 25% of the costs for this project – and with your support, we can realise this goal.”
Click here to go to our crowdfunder page and help us by donating what you can. We know this is a trying and difficult time for everyone but by securing this building it could make a real positive difference to the people in need is this area once we emerge form this health crisis.