There are several ways you can help or become involved such as making a donation, joining as a member, sponsoring an animal, donating items for resale at our Bazaar or by offering us a particular skill or service.
Donations: You can make these when you visit by dropping an additional donation in the Entrance Charge Box on your way in or out. Or you can post us a cheque payable to Woodgate Valley Urban Farm Ltd to Company Office Woodgate Valley Urban Farm Ltd, 12 Doulton Close, Harborne, Birmingham B32 2XF.
Becoming a member: Membership is one of the best ways you can not only support us but become a part of the farm. If you would like to become a member please contact us
Sponsoring Livestock By sponsoring a farm animal you are supporting us to feed them and maintain their homes for that year. Animals can be sponsored for a little as thirty pounds a year and poultry from ten pounds per year. The sponsorship will further include automatic membership for the person paying the the sponsorship fee. Please contact the sponsorship organiser on 0121 426 1871 to check availability
Work Experience: we offer School Based Work Experience for pupils at Year 10 and above, who have a special interest in and/or are aiming for a careers working with animals or in veterinary medicine to work with both small and large animals, and carry out associated site maintenance duties. Places are limited, so an early application is essential. Please contact us to progress.
We also consider individual work experience approaches by suitable young people and adults seeking to work with with livestock ( e.g. at ‘A’ level and beyond) to assist in securing a placement with a college or university, or to supplement their C.V. afterwards. HOWEVER, places are very limited and we are currently receiving more applications than we are able to accommodate on our small project. This situation does vary from time to time, but hopefully enquirers will not be over disappointed if our response is a negative one.
Volunteering opportunities for those with existing farming qualifications or experience who are ‘between work’ or who wish to widen their experience of people, within a community project in tandem, can also be considered if there is an ability to commit to a mutually agreed schedule. Please contact us for more information.
However, please note, we no longer offer work experience for those seeking places with us for day or multiple day release which is a part of their College course unless written agreement of the college concerned is produced indicating that they will assist us with our costs in relation to the placement. The exception to this is Dudley College , with whom we are currently in Partnership and whose Students are invited to apply
General Volunteers: The opportunity to join our team is limited because of our ongoing commitment to placements, partnership working, team days, special work groups, and work experience. This involvement provides the majority of our required day to day physical input. However, an individual who can offer particular skills and experience is welcome to make a formal application, which will be considered on it’s merits and in view of our needs at any particular point in time. Such applicants need to be above 18 years of age and be able to commit to a mutually agreed fixed schedule. A recruitment and interview process will be applied if work is available.
Offer the farm your skills and services: The Farm runs upon small funds and anyone who is able to offer free specialist skills, or services at a reduced rate, would be welcomed. Please contact us to discuss.
Other: support includes purchasing our eggs (when available), buying second hand goods and occasional fruit and vegetables from our on-site Farm Bazaar, supporting our Open Day (second Sunday in June each year), or by hiring our room
We would like to thank all of the following for their financial support:
The Lillie C Johnson Charitable Trust
The Grimmitt Trust
Edgar Lawley Foundation
West House School (Edgbaston)
The Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust
- General Public Responding to online crowd funding appeals
- Various charitable trusts and specialist funding bodies
- Visitors for all their donations
All of the volunteer staff for their on going effort
Contributors via ‘Give As You Earn’