An anonymous donation has arrived at the farm! Thank you so much to the kind individual who has bought us a brand new petrol strimmer, colouring books (as modelled by our dashing tortoise Dr John), some drill bits to be used in our wood workshop and some tasty biscuits! What a lovely start to the week. I know we say this a lot, but these kinds of donations are what keeps the farm going. Whoever you are, thank you from all of us!
Remember Steve Wurst, our friend of the farm that donated £500? Well today we received a whole batch of Amazon goodies from him off of our Amazon wish list - it's like Christmas has come early!
Our small animal manager squealed with delighted when she saw all of the items that her critters can enjoy, along with some new paintbrushes to be used in the summer craft activities.
At the farm we have to ensure the safety and well-being of our animals, so having an Amazon wish list with 'farm approved' items is a great way for people to get involved and donate items that will be put to good use. Thank you again Steve!
We are overwhelmed with gratitude as one of our friends of the farm, Steve Wurst, has just donated £500 to the farm. FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS! This extraordinarily generous gesture will help go towards buying decent wood for our two projects on the horizon, Guinea Pig Gardens and The Burrow (for our rabbits). From every person and animal at the farm, thank you Steve!
Back in March our wonderful Corporate Relationships Manager Diana Nell got in touch with the construction company Interserve to see whether they’d be interested in volunteering at the farm.
Site Agent Anthony Diment responded enthusiastically, and a few months later he and a team of 10 volunteers were at the farm by the crack of dawn, ready to get to work. Anthony soon whipped everyone in to shape! The team was split in to 3 groups: one to begin replacing the fire exit door in our Small Animal room (that had sadly seen better days), one to begin sanding and painting the entrance doors to our Tech Block and a larger team to help build a new section of large raised vegetable beds in the garden.
The day began with a crane lifting the digger over the (slightly too narrow) gate, followed by discussions about the plan layout, and then all teams dispersed to begin their jobs before the heavy rain set in. And set in it did! But the team were incredibly dedicated and hardworking, and despite the rain they all managed to make huge improvements to the farm.
A massive thank you to the Interserve team which included Anthony Diment, Andy Lucas, Stacey Kinch, Terry Odeon, Michael Frain, Jim Hiscox, Sam Hunter, Abi Cave, Marie Calvert and Rob Uwejoma. You guys are fantastic!
Recently the BBC filmed The Instant Gardener at the farm and our episode will air on Wednesday 8th June at 3:45pm on BBC1. The 15 part series begins daily on Monday 30th May. Make sure you're watching to see farm staff and volunteers work alongside the BBC team to transform an area of the garden. Trust me, it's going to be entertaining!
Who we are:
Oasis Down to Earth Farm is a community centre with a difference: we are based on a farm in urban Southampton. As a not-for-profit charity, our mission is to provide a socially inclusive, happy experience where people of all abilities and differences are respected and valued. We aim to educate, empower and engage with our local community.