We are the city farm that is nearest to the Square Mile and sited on a former railway goods depot. The Farm was started in 1978 by volunteers in response to local people’s need for allotments, having lost theirs to developers. With a long east end tradition of backyard farming, it wasn’t long before chickens, rabbits and geese appeared on the scene.
Today, the Farm offers educational activities, workshops, skills training and volunteering opportunities for the local community and beyond. It is also home to the award-winning Coriander Club run by local Bangladeshi women. The Farm is a community space that inspires and that everyone can enjoy.
Our activities include people from all genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds, as well as individuals with special educational needs and those who experience poor physical and mental health. We work with schools and other community groups, valuing partnership working. The Farm has a devoted Management Committee, a passionate staff team and exceptional volunteers that reflect the diversity of the area. Annually, the Farm provides services for a broad range of people and welcomes thousands of visitors.
The Farm is at an exciting junction in its journey and we are looking for new Trustees to strengthen our Board and shape the future impact of the Farm. We are also keen to broaden the diversity of our Trustee Board and would particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups and those who are embedded within our community.
Programme design, evaluations and impact measurement
We are keen to understand the full range of our outcomes and impact and to strengthen them by involving our community in the design of our programmes. Our ambition is to become a truly beneficiary centred organisation. We want to test best practice in programme design, so that we may reach those most in need, in the way evaluations are carried out and how outcomes and impact are measured. We are interested in developing a theory of change and are about to embark on our strategy development process. If you are an experienced in this field and can help us take the Farm forward, then please do apply.
Like many other organisations, the Farm has been impacted by the pandemic and the resultant restrictions. It has sped up our desire to diversify our income streams and try out different types of fundraising, such as mass participating events. We are ready to take a more intentional approach to exploring other ways of fundraising, such as legacy giving and major donor fundraising, to accelerate our resilience.
We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have expertise and experience in raising funds through different channels.
The Farm was the first city farm to be approved by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for its work with rare British farm animal breeds. Our animals are at the heart of the farm and we would love to have a vet or student vet to join our dynamic and welcoming board as a trustee. The successful candidate will provide the Farm with additional advice and support from an animal health and welfare perspective.
Our gardens are a key part of our Farm and help provide an important space for education, escape and community, while producing food and providing access to fresh produce. We are keen to strengthen our Board with a trustee who has experience of modern horticulture, including permaculture, organic and other ecological and sustainable growing techniques to help develop our approach on the Farm.
Are you a HR professional who wants to give something back to your local community? We would like to strengthen our expertise in HR on the Board, with a real focus on helping us develop our organisational culture. You are a people person, and your deep empathy will also help us shape staff, volunteer and visitor experiences as well as HR policies.
These roles offer an opportunity to help shape the future of the charity and make a real difference to our Farm and the community it serves, while developing your professional experience as a Board member.
Board meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Farm and can last up to 2 hours. Overall, the monthly commitment should be around 8-10 hours and would include advice/support, leading subcommittees and reading Board papers.