Sitopia @ Woodlands Farm, Greenwich

Funded on Spacehive 7 May 2021

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Sitopia @ Woodlands Farm, Greenwich

Sitopia Farm By Sitopia Farm

Help us turn poo into green gold! We need your help to transform our field into a thriving social farming enterprise, producing fresh veg, salad & flowers & a huge range of community activities.

Greenwich Delivery stage

406
backers
£77,303
raised
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This project was funded on 07 May 2021!

We need you to help us start a new social farming enterprise here in Greenwich, growing delicious, fresh vegetables, salad, herbs & flowers & selling them locally. On part of the wonderful Woodlands Farm, we want to grow large volumes of food with love, care, with & for our community. Food grown using regenerative agricultural techniques that enhance the environment, biodiversity, soil fertility & provide beauty. That recycle rain to water the crops, and use Londoners’ green waste to feed them! A place where all members of the local community can come, to connect with each other, to the land, and to celebrate and enjoy the food we eat. A place to learn. We want to make good food accessible to all. We want to share our belief in the power of food growing to bring people together: young & old, those with multiple needs & those just wanting to spend time in nature. With your donations, ideas & volunteering, we can transform this space into a beautiful, thriving, social enterprise.

What we'll deliver:

  • A beautiful farm on 2 acres of land, producing fresh vegetables + flowers
  • 300+ Open Days, Volunteering sessions, Community Feasts, Harvest Dinners
  • 1500+ Visits/Workshops with school children
  • Participation of our local community to explore what activities and food you want to see grown
  • 100,000+ nutritious portions of one of your five-a-day veg!

Why it's a great idea:

This is about hope, practical action, community spirit, a love of our planet, and belief in the power of food. Our current food system is not fit for purpose, contributing to the climate crisis & biodiversity collapse, obesity and rising food poverty here in Greenwich as elsewhere. Yet the food system offers huge potential to solve these problems, and to be a joyful source of connection, nourishment, pleasure, creativity and local jobs. Our vision is a world where the food we grow and eat nourishes both people & planet. A small, regenerative farm like this, selling locally and being an active part of our community can bring transformative social, health & environmental benefits. We know that London and other cities offer huge untapped potential for growing good food! We want to grow food with and for our community, making delicious, fresh, healthy, environmentally-friendly produce more widely available and spreading the word about the changes needed in the food system.

Steps to get it done:

  • Work with local schools, GPs, Housing Associations & residents to explore what food + activities you want to see created
  • Seeds , plants, tools & compost bought
  • 100+ new beds & woodchip paths created
  • Polytunnels and rainwater harvesting system installed
  • Seedlings & plants transplanted into beds
  • Harvesting crops, opening to the public and selling produce locally!
  • Volunteering, school visits, community events up and running!

We hope to organise a Feast in the Field in the summer to celebrate our first harvests, and would like to invite all our local community donors along for free. In addition, we would like to offer our generous donors the following: £25 Entry into raffle: 5 winners in the local area will receive a Weekly Box of seasonal veg and flowers box for a month £50 Entry into raffle: 5 winners will receive a Home Growers’ Pack including a curated seedlings collection of delicious herbs and vegetables, organic compost & growing advice £100+ an additional fruit bush/tree will be planted in your honour £250+ a bed named after you £500+ a wooden plaque engraved with your name in the polytunnel £1000+ a brass/copper plaque with your name in the polytunnel £10,000+ a polytunnel named after you! We have allocated 5% of our budget to contingency funds: if we find we don't need this we will use it to fund additional community activities.

Location Greenwich

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Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

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How will the money be spent?Total £77,242

Polytunnel - £23,194 (30%)
Two acres of land, utilities, shared facilities + manure! (poo) - £10,000 (13%)
Storage facilities + Produce Stand - £9,484 (12%)
Volunteer & community activities - £7,729 (10%)
Tools + basic machinery - £6,578 (9%)
Green waste compost + horticultural materials - £6,540 (8%)
Rainwater harvesting tank+ irrigation - £5,360 (7%)
Access track - £3,255 (4%)
Contingencies - £2,721 (4%)
Other - £2,381 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

30%
Polytunnel
£23,194
13%
Two acres of land, utilities, shared facilities + manure! (poo)
£10,000
12%
Storage facilities + Produce Stand
£9,484
10%
Volunteer & community activities
£7,729
9%
Tools + basic machinery
£6,578
8%
Green waste compost + horticultural materials
£6,540
7%
Rainwater harvesting tank+ irrigation
£5,360
4%
Access track
£3,255
4%
Contingencies
£2,721
3%
Other Read More
£2,381
  • Spacehive fees
    £1,420
  • Transaction Fees
    £677
  • VAT
    £284

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Additional polytunnel
  • Extra community and social impact activities
  • More fruit bushes + trees planted

Total £77,242

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • We want to make use of local recycled materials and tools & all the wonderful skills we know exist in our community. If you can help with any of the following (or other things we haven't yet thought of!) we'd love to hear from you!
  • -help with materials to build (or donate!) a large shed and compost bays
  • haulage for transporting tons of green waste compost
  • -volunteers initially to help us build beds (spreading muck and compost) and then help with general food growing activities on our farm! No experience required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in
  • -Good quality Tools (spades, trowels, rakes etc)
  • help with sign writing
  • -recommendations for a great local builder to help us build a packing/storage shed

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.

Offer something

Offers

Asher Emily offered
Happy to volunteer. I’m self employed so my working week changes on a weekly basis but I’m happy to come lend a hand and muck in when needed. I can offer about 4 hours a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
Anne Poole offered
Can help with building beds and other DIY/growing activity. Also any project management/volunteer management.
tracy tsui offered
help with materials to build a large shed and help with general food growing activities on our farm! No experience required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in help with sign writing