Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is a member of the Federation for City Farms and Community Gardens, and is one of 59 urban farms in the UK. These farms are all community managed projects, created mainly in urban areas out of a desire by community members to develop a green space, a community space and to raise awareness of farming and gardening. Some farms focus on environmental objectives, some focus on education, Woodgate Valley Urban Farm focuses primarily on involving, enabling and supporting young people from the local community to develop their confidence and life skills by working with other volunteers on the farm.
Our key principles are:
Voluntary run and owned The farm was created in 1988 by a team of local volunteers, with the exception the recruitment of a part time paid development worker in 2006 has been run ever since by volunteers and funds raised by volunteers.
Inclusive and participatory The farm encourages community involvement through its membership, animal sponsorship, volunteer placements and volunteer projects.
Most farms are about animals, but it is people we are about! The focus of Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is working with people, in particular young people who want to gain work experience, confidence and life skills in a supportive environment. The farm runs volunteer placements, work experience placements and also has a partnership with West Midlands Probation which involves the farm hosting community punishment placements.