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

Please complete our survey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7W39K9T

(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

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS!

For more information contact sally@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk.

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   

WE DID IT

Thank you! Thank You! Thank you!

We are thrilled to announce that we reached and even exceeded our fundraising target. It was tense in the run up, but thanks to 226 of you we made it beyond £12,000 on the crowd funder and received an additional £1,700 in cheques and other donations from another 20 or so people. Once we have paid fees and costs associated with the campaign and claimed gift aid on eligible donations we hope to clear between £13,500 and £14,000.
This is an incredible sum. By enabling us to get water and electricity on site it has hugely positive implications for the long term future of the farm.
It also shows the fantastic support we have in the community and will certainly help us with accessing other pots of funding in the future

It was an exciting and exhausting process! As a team we have learned a huge amount from it. Many of us are now going off for a well earned break over the rest of August. We look forward to returning to the project refreshed and  full of energy to take the City Farm to the next level.

Our CrowdFunder appeal is LIVE!

We need to raise £12,000 to bring water and electricity onto the farm site.

This will mean we can:

  • scale up our community growing giving more local people access to the health and social benefits of being involved in the production and consumption of fresh local food
  • install accessible toilets and hand washing facilities which are essential for all our visitors and volunteers
  • look after animals permanently on the site – we hope to have chickens, goats and other small animals and visiting larger animals like our lovely pigs-on-loan.

You can donate here :   http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-build-oxford-city-farm

We have some great rewards on offer!

Our artist-designed ‘Goat on a Tote’ bags and ‘Fowl on a Towel’ tea towels….

 

…..and various courses offered by local specialists in woodworking, foraging and bee keeping, and yummy rewards from Wild Honey, LAM Brewing and Brightwell Vineyard as well as special tours of the site and a one-off opportunity to ‘name our bog’ and first container building.

You can donate here  http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-build-oxford-city-farm

Or if you would prefer, send a cheque made payable to Oxford City Farm in the post to Oxford City Farm, c/o 189 Campbell Rd, Oxford, OX4 3NT.

To follow our progress over the next few weeks remember to follow us on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OxfordCityFarm, Twitter https://twitter.com/OxCityFarm, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/oxfordcityfarm

If you want to get in touch contact sally@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk.