Education for the future: soil and seeds

by Big Meadow CSA in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Education for the future: soil and seeds

Total raised £1,500

£3,000 target 14 days left
50% 29 supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 2nd May 2024 at 3:51pm

Help us to educate in people in sustainable food growing and conservation - trainee growers, primary school children and refugee communities

by Big Meadow CSA in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

*** You are all invited to join our traditional Ceilidh fundraiser event in Brynmill, Swansea at 1.30pm Sunday 21st April. Dancing, games, a raffle, tea & homemade cake! Purchase a ticket in the rewards section on the right. ***

If you cannot make it to our fundraiser but would still like to donate, please enter your desired amount and click 'donate' on the right.

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Who we are

Big Meadow CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture farm growing biodynamic and organically-certified veg on Gower, Wales. Members receive a weekly share of the harvest, but we are so much more than just a veg box! Hosting weekly volunteer sessions, we provide a place for people to become part of their local community and connect with others in a friendly and relaxed environment. Working on the land also has numerous physical and mental health benefits, including physical exercise, promoting self-esteem and encouraging a connection with the earth and the natural environment around us. Regenerative agriculture is at the heart of what we do, and we are actively working on improving the soil health and biodiversity on our site, to the benefit of all people, plants and animals in the area.

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Project idea - Education for the future: soil and seeds

Investing in the future of our environment and community is the only way we will be able to weather the joint crises of climate change and biodiversity loss that are already upon us. We want to educate as many people as possible in sustainable growing practices in order to increase self-reliance and reduce the need for destructive agricultural processes. 

Your money will help us:

Fund a trainee grower 1 day a week for 6 months. Not only passing on essential skills and knowledge, extra hands on the farm will help us to spend more time giving back to the earth through regenerative farming techniques - e.g. the use of green manures and maintenance of wildlife habitats such as ponds for biodiversity.

Conduct a 'Seed to Harvest' educational programme with a local primary school. We will host three sessions across the season: sowing seeds, transplanting plants and tending to them, and harvesting and preparing the produce! Educating about the different stages of growing food throughout the season will help to promote confidence and a connection to nature, encouraging children to become interested in vegetables and giving them skills to grow food at home or later in life.

Welcome refugees to the farm for a community volunteering day. Not only will we be educating people in key agricultural skills and sustainable growing practices, the sharing of knowledge and harvesting and cooking food together will help to strengthen ties to the local community.

The funding we raise will go towards paying our growers to conduct these sessions, and paying for transport and food costs for the groups.

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Project aims and impact

  • To spark an interest in children about food and where it comes from
  • To provide a community space where everyone is welcome and can benefit from the numerous wellbeing aspects of working on the land
  • To spread knowledge and skills of sustainable agriculture, protecting soils and seeds for future generations

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Our vision

To inspire the next generation of growers and spread hope through regenerative agriculture.

To promote physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing for individuals and communities.

To protect our soils and improve the land that is essential for the survival of us and the planet.

To increase access to high-quality, local produce and reduce reliance on problematic food systems such as supermarkets.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Big Meadow Ceilidh adult entry

Entrance to the Big Meadow Ceilidh Fundraiser event on Sunday 21st April 1.30pm at Brynmill Scout and Guide HQ. Kids go free! NB: Please only select this option if you are planning on attending the Ceilidh

£25 or more

Big Meadow Supporter Ceilidh entry

Entrance to the Big Meadow Ceilidh Fundraiser event on Sunday 21st April 1.30pm at Brynmill Scout and Guide HQ + an extra donation to help towards our goal. Kids go free! NB: Please only select this option if you are planning on attending the Ceilidh

£40 or more

Big Meadow Ultimate Supporter Ceilidh entry

Entrance to the Big Meadow Ceilidh Fundraiser event on Sunday 21st April 1.30pm at Brynmill Scout and Guide HQ + a generous donation towards our fundraising goal. Kids go free! NB: Please only select this option if you are planning on attending the Ceilidh


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