We are very happy to report that within one hour of going live our first shareholder has signed up through the Crowdfunder website. We hope this will be the first of many as we reach our into the community.
At 14.58 GMT today the new moon for February occurred and at the same moment, harnessing the energy this gives to new initiatives, the Lauriston Farm Social Farming Initiative went live. For the next six weeks there exists the opportunity for individuals to become community shareholders in our newly formed Charitable Community Benefit Society. We are also hosting Open Days every Saturday and Tuesday during this period with all the details available on our website - www.lauristonfarm.co.uk. We are looking to create a warmth body around the work we do here at Lauriston Farm as well as a £35,000 investment from community funding. The first £20,000 of this will be matched by the Just Growth Programme through a loan and a grant giving the Social Farming Initiative the funds it needs to get going and develop day experiences for adults with learning difficulties at the farm.
On February 1st 2017 Lauriston Farm Limited was registered as a Charitable Community Benefit Society. It is a very exciting step for us as we launch our Social farming Initiative. Volunteers and employees form the Board and Executive and we aim to start trading on April 6th. Very soon you will be able to become a member of Lauriston Farm Limited by buying Community Shares in the Society. The photo below shows some of the team at Lauriston.