What You'll be Supporting
As you can see, we achieved a lot with our start-up funding over the first eighteen months but there is still more to do to completely implement our five year business plan.
Thirty Five Social Farming Day Placements per week
To ensure our initial developments are fully utilised by adults with learning disabilities, we require the start-up wages for an additional full time member of staff. The Day Placements Project Manager will host days, process applications, liaise with social workers, other charities and organisations, manage our Essex County Council contract, ensure our continued regulatory compliance and keep all relevant paperwork updated. We hope this person will have experience with Camphill or a similar setting.
e also require a nine seat people carrier to transport co-workers to and from the farm to local pick up points. We intend to lease hire this vehicle so the funding needed is for the initial down payment and the first few months, after which trading will cover
Demand for eggs is beyond our current twenty hens so we are looking to set up a second woodland run for a further twenty birds.
Rainwater Harvesting & Bore-Hole
We need to address the issue of irrigation for the vegetables and can do this through harvesting rainwater from the barn roofs and also sink a bore-hole with an extraction license.
Student & Volunteer
One boar, one sow and all the necessary fencing and water supply to develop a ‘strip grazing’ system for these outdoor pigs. We are aiming to feed the pigs from produce grown on the farm.
Multi-Purpose Function Room for Fifty People
We host a wide variety of groups on the farm and sometimes there can be over forty people present in one day. We currently have to split up to eat and this creates divisions. So, we are planning a large indoor atrium style room which spans the existing kitchen and craft room to provide a practical, multifunctional space for up to fifty people at any one time.
The room will be available for local groups to hire for their functions and also create a practical workshop space on days when the weather is unfavourable. In the winter we will be able to eat our lunch next to the cows!
Expansion of Vegetable Production
In November 2017 we sub-soiled and shallow ploughed an extra acre for future vegetable growing. It has been planted to green manures to improve the structure and nutrient levels in the soil. Once we have the student accommodation, veggie storage, water supply and farm shop ready we can then turn our attention to this extra acre. It will have another poly-tunnel and besides producing food for eating it will also grow Demeter certified seed for the Seed Co-Operative in Lincolnshire. The celestial garden is also looking for a new gardener to grow herbs, cut flowers and small scale vegetables.
The idea is to combine a sensory
garden with food growing.
Community Benefit Society with charitable objectives
Registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Incorporated 1st February 2017