Keep Oxford City Farming

Oxford City Farm’s charitable work is dependent on the generous support of people in our community and this week we are launching a regular giving campaign with our new look banner:

Banner of Keep Oxford City Farming campaign

The launch coincides with the start of Small Charities Week, run by Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), which aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector.

We are committed to the Farm being a free-to-access community green space where people can come to learn how to grow food, care for animals and cook and eat together. Regular donations will allow us to expand our charitable work providing nourishing educational and supportive services to our community.

They will help support:

  • Our volunteering days, which provide opportunities for people to meet, make connections and have a share of the produce grown on the farm
  • Free skills workshops helping local people to learn new skills in growing food and small-scale building
  • Our work in schools providing learning opportunities inspiring healthy food choices and care for the environment, animals and each other
  • Our work with partner organisations to support vulnerable, isolated and marginalized people
  • Help us run events to bring whole community together to have a fun and enjoyable experience on the Farm
  • Move towards opening the Farm to the public

We will be launching the campaign this weekend at our stall at Flofest, Florence Park, Saturday 16th June (11am-4pm) – please come along and say hello!

The City Farm’s fundraising team say

We are absolutely committed to keeping the Farm a space that is accessible to the whole community. We have been successful in raising grants and crowd funding for some of our larger projects, but to meet the farm’s essential core running costs we are seeking regular donations from our supporters. Regular donations enable us to plan work into the future and also help us access money from other funders. Our charitable work is dependent on the generous support of our community. Even a small regular donation will make a huge difference to our work.

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Small Charities Week

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

Small Charity Week is run by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), who with the support of partner organisations ensure the work of small charities is recognised and celebrated.

For more information visit: http://smallcharityweek.com.

Community Grower’s log

The summer is a’coming! The Oxford City Farm site is blooming with wildflowers and fruit blossom to welcome the start of summer.

Our polytunnel is full of sprouting pumpkin and cucumber seedlings in pots and we have the first salad leaves to harvest.  Also in the polytunnel most of the apple trees we grafted at the Gardening Skills session back in March have taken and started to sprout!  The new propagation table built during two recent carpentry skills sessions is now covered with seed trays and young plants too.

Outside things are a little bit slower except the grass and brambles which are starting to grow back with attitude! We need some serious scything sessions soon. Anyone want to come and learn to scythe? Trainee reapers please e-mail me at phil@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk

Our newly planted raspberries and strawberries are growing well and my fingers are crossed for the first fruits this year.

Our next free skills sessions will be on-

Tuesday 15th May- 12-4pm and 6-8pm- Carpentry- we will be building picnic benches.

Tuesday 12th June- 12-4pm and 6-8pm- Gardening basics- we will learn about how you can propagate your own plants and we’ll also do some weed identification, learn how to identify and control annual and perennial weeds .

Please e-mail phil@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk if you’re interested in attending.

Annual General Meeting Wednesday 7th March 2018

Come along to the Oxford City Farm AGM Wednesday 7th March at 7pm

Florence Park Community Centre (small room), Cornwallis Road.

(Small room)

Come and hear about the success of the past year and our plans for the future

Find out how you can get involved including

· Work party volunteering

· Practical skills development sessions

· “Back office” volunteering opportunities and trustees positions

Everyone Welcome!

For more details see Facebook.com/Oxfordcityfarm

Are you interested in fundraising and have some energy and enthusiasm to help build Oxford City Farm?

We are looking for volunteers to join our Fundraising Team. Income generation is key to the continued development and success of the Farm. Our volunteer Fundraising Team has already played a significant part in generating vital funds for our initial development phase. We have set our fundraising priorities for 2018, which include developing our individual and corporate giving and applying to grant making trusts to support a CEO role for the Farm.

The main requirement is that you are excited about the Farm and have some energy, time and enthusiasm to give. You may or may not have previous fundraising experience. Our Fundraising Group meets once a month – usually in an evening 6.30-8.30pm in Florence Park – to plan, discuss and progress fundraising initiatives and applications. We estimate that the commitment is about 5-6 hours a week. This reflects the work needed to write detailed funding applications and to develop proposals for new funding initiatives. You will need to be able to use your initiative, work independently and have good communication skills.

If you would like to find out more please email info@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk and we will send you a volunteer role description.