As a Community Supported Agriculture scheme, Farnham Community Farm is supported by our members and the wider community. We also give back to the community in several ways:
the Abbey School
Every year, during term time, we have a group of pupils visit us and help out in the field once a week. These children are from The Abbey School; a strong and vibrant special school with places for those who have learning difficulties and additional needs, particularly autism. Their visits are part of their work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
National citizens service
NCS is a three to four week experience that helps build the confidence and self belief of young people aged 15-17, so that they can take on anything in life. Every year, Farnham Community Farm hosts 24-36 young people taking part in NCS, offering a project to volunteer on and a focus for their Social Action phase. Last year, the NCS groups with us raised over £500 for FCF, a fantastic achievement!
Twice a week Chris visits the farm with a helper and gets involved with all manner of tasks in the field. Chris is a young man with autism, and he is also very sensitive to noise. Recently the day service Chris had been attending for the last five years decided they could no longer cater for his needs, and his family have had to find alternatives to his day placement. As well as creating personalised gifts through social enterprise Chris and Co, volunteering at the farm is another enriching element to his week.
Surrey choices employability
We offer regular work experience placements to people referred through Surrey Choices EmployAbility; a dedicated service that helps to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work for those living with autism or a learning, physical or sensory disability.
We host visits from groups such as Rainbows, Guides and Beavers. Every visit begins with a tour round the field, after which the children get involved with tasks relevant to their age.
Team Challenge Days
We offer opportunities for corporate teams looking for a day out from the office, to get stuck in and reconnect with nature.
After a farm tour and introduction to our scheme and what we do, the work begins! Depending on time of year, weather and what's happening at the farm, tasks will vary. The team can help with ongoing activities such as harvesting, or get involved with a one-off project such as building infrastructure or creating a wildlife area.
We can provide refreshments and a homemade lunch too, using our own organically grown vegetables.