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.

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