Bath City Farm connects people to the land and gives low income families living in high density urban surroundings access to a beautiful green space; a space maintained and developed by the local community, for the local community. It is unique in the area in being able to provide countless opportunities for social interaction between diverse groups that might not cross paths in wider society
Without Bath City Farm, adults with multiple or complex needs would not have access to the specialised therapeutic projects and wider benefits the farm brings; similarly,
young people would not have access to the wide variety of outdoor educational projects that instil a passion for the natural world
Working with people who experience disadvantage in society, is at the centre of all their work and they currently run nine different targeted projects, as well as free community events, school visits and educational workshops, focusing on nature, the arts and heritage. Examples of the projects include Earthworks, a therapeutic project looking after animals on the allotment; Farm Hands, which uses the animals as therapy for people with mental health issues and Feathered Friends Project, an outdoor activity and socialisation project for those aged 60+
Helen Fisher, the General Manager at Bath City Farm said,
“Without this funding from St John’s we would not be able to effectively plan for our future, promote our work, and improve our services. It plays a key component in securing the future of the farm in the long term
St John’s funding helped us to provide support to literally hundreds of people last year.
There have been many highlights but we are especially pleased how our new ‘Training at the Trough’ project has engaged people from the local community. It has really given the café a boost and they cook some amazing food from farm produce.