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.
Oxford City Farm – Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Open drop-in sessions suspended until further notice
Due to the ongoing virus outbreak we have decided to suspend all open drop-in sessions until further notice.
However, if you would still like to volunteer at the farm and help us to grow what may be much needed produce for the local community please read the rest of this statement.
How you can continue to help the farm and the local community
In accordance with the most recent government guidelines it was a difficult but sensible decision for us to suspend our open drop-in sessions. However, there will continue to be important volunteering roles that we would like people to get involved with during this period of suspension.
This is an important time of year at the farm and without the support we receive from the volunteers at our drop-in sessions it will be very difficult for us to continue with our planned planting and harvesting timetable for this year. For that reason we are looking for a small team of volunteers who, on a regular basis, can help us continue to sow and grow what could prove to be essential produce for local people.
If you usually attend the drop-in sessions and would like to continue to provide that help but in a slightly different way, or if you’re a new volunteer who can help us then please go through the checklist below and if you meet all of the necessary criteria contact us using the email email@example.com and will will send you further information.
In order to join the volunteer team we are recruiting at this time please only contact us if you meet the following criteria:
- You are aged between 18 and 69
- You are not in any of the high risk categories for developing complications from COVID-19 infection
- You are currently fit and well
- You are prepared to confirm before attending each session that;
– You do not have any flu like symptoms,
– You don’t suspect you might have the COVID-19, and
– You have not been in close proximity to anyone that has the COVID-19
If you can satisfy the above we’d love to hear from you. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our aim during this challenging and difficult time is not only to keep
Oxford City Farm functioning and growing but to enhance its capacity to produce even more fresh food for the local community
We are delighted to introduce Martin Ousley – who took up the post of Director at Oxford City Farm this week.
He brings a wealth of experience in leadership and development in both the private and charity sector and a keen interest in how the places we create enable communities to thrive. We are really excited about having him on board. Martin will be working from the office Weds – Friday in the main, so come and say hello!