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Herts and Essex Community Farm

Fund applied for: £1,000

Location: Essex

777 votes so far

Project description

The Community Farm was started 4 years ago after Elliot Wollen thought that Harlow was in need of a community growing space and after a successful fundraising campaign Herts and Essex Community Farm was founded. It is a non for profit organisation which took over a completely derelict flytipped overgrown allotment site and by hand transformed it into a tranquil growing space of just over 1/2 an acre. The farm is used by people of all ages to learn about produce growing and shared knowledge is key to making the project work. We now run by a committee and along side this we have many dedicated hardworking volunteers. In fact everyone who works on the project is a volunteer. We are all ages and from all walks of life and most people who use the project find it therapeutic and relaxing. Whether working there or just popping by for a cuppa it's a place to unwind.
We also work with the local schools who bring children down on a regular basis in the summer term and those children learn about produce growth and the importance of sustainable growing.
As part of our project we share what we grow not only amongst volunteers but also amongst people in our community. We supply the local homeless charity with fresh produce and also from last year began supplying a local community cafe. We also run a free produce scheme by way of baskets that are on our gate where everyone is welcome to have a share of the produce. Last year we grew more than 1.5 tonnes of produce which went into our local community.
To raise funds for our project we host various events throughout the year, including an Easter and Halloween event an afternoon tea and our main fundraiser is Farm Fest a free event that showcases local talent throughout an afternoon. Last year we had over 300 people attend this event. We offer free entry and everything we offer at our stalls is for donation so we can be inclusive to everyone.
As well as this we also open for local charities such as our local hospice who hold an open garden weekend.
We would like funding to build a safe and well run BBQ area. We always do a BBQ for events but last year our donated gas BBQ gave up and we find coal ones less reliable. As the number of visitors increase we feel it would be great if we could build a proper area and get two new BBQs so that it can be easily and safely run.
A BBQ is really popular at our events and it would be great to offer a better variety of food.
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