beetroots and apples on the ground

About us

Our vision


At Oxford City Farm our vision is of empowered communities learning and working together to produce food locally and live healthy, enriched and sustainable lives.
 

Mission


We work to promote environmental awareness, community cohesion and wellbeing by offering learning and practical opportunities for people to interact with the land, farming and animals. We have turned a derelict site into a vibrant city farm, bringing farming and food production to the heart of urban communities in Oxford.
 

Values


We value diversity, equality, empowerment, community cohesion and sustainability. We value the diversity of our local neighbourhoods and recognise the contribution that all members of the community can offer. We strive to work creatively to ensure equality of opportunity for all. We aim to work in ways that empower people to work together to make positive sustainable change in their communities.

 

Our Story

A committed team of trustees, volunteers and staff have been working to bring city farming to Oxford since 2008. We are a diverse group of local people with broad skills and experience in areas such as health, youth work, planning, community development, teaching, training, fundraising, horticulture, ecology and veterinary medicine.

 

In 2017 we secured a 40 year lease for the site and, thanks to support from a wide variety of funders and our wonderful community we now have essential infrastructure including mains water, electricity, toilets, hand washing facilities, an office and since the spring of 2021 our fantistic Community Kitchen.

We started running regular community farming days in 2017 to enable our community to get involved with the work of the farm, in particular developing infrastructure and supporting growing. We have also developed partnerships with schools and other organisations to increase participation in our work and to introduce more people to the farm.