We require tools, building materials such as internal doors, sanitary ware, electrical equipment, joinery tools, a donkey shed.
Greenslate Community Farm is a 30 acre site which was set up in 2012 as a community resource with the aim of providing volunteering, training, education and therapeutic activities, as well as providing naturally grown organic food to the local community. We operate a care farm for adults with physical and learning disabilities, offer private and community allotments and provide a hub for ideas sharing and development of community enterprises. The farm is supported by a dedicated and growing team of volunteers.
One of the principle aims of the project is to produce sustainably grown food for the local community and to raise awareness about the impact of conventional food production and supply on the environment. We have 6 acres of crop growing land managed by dedicated members of staff with the help of our volunteers without the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides. Our animals (pigs, chickens, goats, sheep) all play an important part in the crop rotation system helping to prepare and fertilise the fields, remove the weeds and pests from the land, as well as providing naturally reared, free range eggs and meat for sale. Food grown on the farm is sold at our on site shop.
Our care farm offers meaningful work in a supportive therapeutic environment, for groups and individuals with physical and learning disabilities. We provide person centred sessions and positively promote life skills and encourage social inclusion and positive risk taking.
Daniel has a learning disability and attends the Greenslate Care Farm. He is passionate about woodwork and joinery and has taught himself all manner of skills to make decorative planters, bird tables and picnic benches. He is very patient and loves taking the time to teach his fellow care farm learners new skills. We HAD a brand new Wareing shed erected last year and had big plans to turn it into a workshop for Daniel and others to use to develop their new found skills. Daniel is such a kind natured and thoughtful young man who goes out of his way to be helpful. Several months ago he made a hexagonal memorial bench around a tree for visitors to sit on when they visit the farm. Daniel did not use any plans he took his time and designed it by himself from scratch. He has also been a fantastic help on our new straw bale construction putting his skills to good use.
Due to a recent accident we lost our new Wareing shed in a fire which completely destroyed it and its contents. Everything of value as a project was stored in there including our iconic tipi which was in storage from the winter weather. The response from the community has been amazing but this event will have a devastating impact on us financially. Many of the uninsured items and equipment that have been donated to us for the summer launch of our cafe and new care farm classroom have been ruined. This means we will have to find funds to replace these items immediately to prevent delaying the July opening which we need to assist with the long term sustainability of the project. This also means we will not have sufficient funds available to kit out the joinery workshop with tools and equipment or buy the new shed we need to shelter the donkeys we intend to rescue from the Donkey Sanctuary. Funding or equipment from Jewsons would be an incredible lifeline to us and the community it was ensure Daniel and our learners can still have a joinery workshop to use and our new cafe and classroom can still open on schedule.