Valley Urban Farm is a member of the
Social Farms & 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
Inclusive and participatory The farm encourages community involvement through its
membership, animal sponsorship, volunteer placements and volunteer
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.