We are launching an urgent funding appeal to make sure that we can
continue operating as the only city farm in Wales.
Every year our multi-award winning project works with over 1,800
programme participants and is visited by a further 10-15,000 members of the
public at our purpose designed and volunteer built site in Fforestfach. As a working farm we aim to reconnect people
of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their food, their environment and
each other and we do this through a range of unique and exciting educational,
volunteering, training and play projects.
It costs around £300,000 to run the Farm each year. It’s getting harder and harder to raise funds
and over the last year the Farm has had to use its reserves, which are now
critically low, to continue operating as a free community facility. We’re looking to make significant savings
over the next few months as well as raising £150,000 over the next year
through a “Save our Farm” appeal.
The Appeal aims to
raise £50,000 each from the people and businesses of Swansea; from Swansea Council and
Welsh Government and from Charitable Trusts and Foundations. The £150,000 raised would allow us to
continue to do our amazing work whilst ensuring we have the reserves needed to
act as a financial buffer as we seek to continue to grow over the coming
Over the last two years we’ve more than doubled the money we earn, to
over £60,000, which is 20-25% of our total income.
We’ve done this through delivery of cookery training in our volunteer
built café, through school and college visits and courses and through selling
sausages, bacon and meat from pigs reared on the Farm. But this is still not enough.
We are cutting costs and over the summer several members of staff will
be working a day a week without pay.
Even with this, the Farm will need to be closed to the public on Fridays
throughout the school holidays.
For more details on our appeal or how you can help click on our summer 2015 newsletter .