Summer is here in full effect! Thanks to our amazing volunteers on our monthly Saturday Site Development days and the Community Payback teams we have mown the meadow and are keeping the encroaching brambles at bay. We’ve also managed to largely keep in check the poisonous ragwort that keeps popping up all over the farm.
Our mains water, electricity and communications are nearly connected, a big “thank you!” for all your crowdfunder donations last year and to everyone who has helped with the practical work. The trenching and utilities shed are nearly finished. Having a water supply on site will mean we can irrigate properly, build flushing toilets and have a kitchen area for cooking up tasty food from our produce where we can clean our veg and even wash up! Electricity will mean we can set up our onsite office, have lights on site and use power tools to build new infrastructure. One big thing to celebrate is that we recently got our planning permission to build a toilet block with handwash, install a container office and build an outdoor kitchen/shelter. This will mean we will be able to work with more groups from schools and other organisations on site all year round.
The harvests are starting- please come along to our July 14th Site development day and take away some potatoes, garlic, cucumbers and tasty flowers and leaves. Some of the pumpkins are already enormous!
During our Volunteer Skills sessions and Community Payback days we’ve built two new picnic benches- upcycled from old futon bases donated by a neighbour and set up two new rainwater harvesters from the children’s playhouse and welcome shed rooves.
The bees have been really busy! They have been prolific in fact, and we’ve harvested two lots of honey. Jars will be available at the farm on Saturday and at the Autumn Festival. It tastes amazing!
We’ve been hosting Volunteer Gardening Skills Sessions and the programme for the rest of July is-
Thanks for all your support and if you haven’t visited yet please do come along on Saturday 14th July
, Saturday 8th September to a site development day (10-2pm) or to our Autumn Festival on Saturday 6th October. We will be having a much needed break in August!
If you’d like to help with watering, site development or maintenance please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
“Gerr on ourrr land!”
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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in attending.
Come along to the Oxford City Farm AGM Wednesday 7th March at 7pm
Florence Park Community Centre (small room), Cornwallis Road.
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
For more details see Facebook.com/Oxfordcityfarm