Stuffed tomatoes – Smoked bacon and cheese

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Stuffed tomtatoes – Bacon and cheese Picture before cooking

“I used this recipe to make stuffed tomatoes for the last farm party and it went down very well! Last time I have done this recipe, I tried also stuffing courgettes and it was yummy”, Nadia

Ingredients:

  • One goat cheese (roughly 125g). Note: I have added some feta cheese too.
  • 250g smoked bacon/pancetta, in small pieces.
  • 60g button mushrooms, cut in small pieces.
  • Herbs de Provence.
  • Salt & Pepper.

Method:

  1. Cook the bacon with mushrooms in a pan.
  2. Prepare the tomatoes: cut the top and empty the tomatoes. Put some salt and pepper inside and put them inside down for 15 minutes.
  3. Cut the cheese in small pieces and mix with the cooked mushrooms and bacon.
  4. Fill the tomatoes with the above mixture. Add the herbs on top, then put the top of the tomatoes.
  5. Cook in oven (210C) for approximately 35 minutes.

Bon appétit!

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The highs, and lows, of Saving the Oak Tree

Running the Crowdfunding Campaign to Save The Oak Tree Farm is an extraordinary experience, with real highs and some pretty deep lows. I’ll explain a bit of the background to how I came to create The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm and I think you’ll understand why.

This is what The Oak Tree Looked like when I bought the land seven years ago. Having always grown organically, I was shocked. A 12 acre field with soil that was utterly dead, with only 2% organic matter and no earthworms. A small piece of land that had been utterly decimated by Industrial Agriculture.

Let’s go back a step. What on earth was I doing buying 12 acres of land in the first place!? I had a pretty good job as an engineer, why give it up?
I was genuinely and seriously worried. In my free time, in the evenings following my full time job, I had been studying environmental issues, first an A Level, then a Masters.

Climate Change worried me such a lot that I just I had to do something about it. I moved from working in IT, to developing wind farms in France (a long story which passed via language college near Paris, and University in Corsica). Renewable energy is important, but, frankly, it wasn’t going fast enough for my liking. What else could be done?

I also grew much of my own food and lived frugally, which is how I save up the money to buy The Oak Tree. Through growing my own food, first on allotments, then on a 2.5 smallholding in France, I realised how intimately food production is linked to environmental issues. Take a look at this article in Nature “One-third of our greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture”

So I asked the question, “Is it possible to produce good food while really caring for the environment?” And after a good deal of thinking, saving and soulsearching (“do I really  want to do this?!”) The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm was born. It poses that very question, and seven years on I believe we have an answer: Yes, and no.

“Yes” because we are doing so at The Oak Tree. We providing vegetables for over sixty household, along with meat, eggs and cut flowers, while having, we believe, a net positive effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Our initial calculations, admittedly from insufficient soil tests (they are expensive, and we are short of time) suggest we are storing more carbon into our soil as organic matter than we are emitting though our farming activities!

But “no” because government policy is so set against what we are trying to do that we are threatened with closure due to lack of funds. I have tried to raise these issues via my local MP, and through campaigning with the Landworkers’ Alliance, but it is having no effect here in England (Scotland is doing better).

I personally am living on self employed wages of £600 a month while working pretty much 7 days a week. My fellow growers Eric and John are also working on reduced wages to keep the farm going in the hope of reaching our crowdfunding target. I am still paying a loan back on part of the value of the farm from these reduced wages. The land is worth £120,000 and I ask for a nominal rent of £125 a month from the farm not for profit social enterprise community interest company. I have given everything I have, I can’t give any more, which is why I am  appealing for your help.

The Save the Oak Tree Crowdfunding Campaign is our only chance of saving the dream of producing good food at The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm while showing that it is possible to do so while caring for the enviroment. If we don’t achieve our “Survive” target, we will have to close down and I will have to sell the land.

It would be a personal tragedy for me, and I know that our many members and wider friends would be devastated. But I think the picture is even wider than that.

Amazingly, here are The Oak Tree, we not only are we caring for the global environment through sequestering carbon, we are also caring for people, animals, local wildlife. What is there not to like about what we are doing? Why is so little being said in the media about all this? Please help us to survive so we can continue to demonstrate that there really is another way to farm!

If you can pledge money then fantastic, thank you. But just as important is spreading the word. Please do email your friends & family about the campaign, tell colleagues and contacts who might be interested. And also please share posts from our Facebook Page, and retweet our Tweets on Twitter!

Thank you so much from a lady farmer who is both fearful, and hopeful, all at the same time.

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Stuffed courgette flowers by Lucy B

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Important note to farm members! You are welcome to help yourself to courgette flower if, and only if, they are attached to a courgette that has already started to form (ie has been pollinated). Please do NOT take flowers that are attached to a really tiny courgette, or a stalk – we need them to pollinate our courgette crop!!!

FOR APPROX 8 FLOWERS
For the Filling:

  • 100g ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Handful of fresh herbs (I used basil and thyme)For the batter:
  • 100g plain flour
  • 40g corn flour
  • Half teaspoon baking powder
  • Half teaspoon sea salt
  • 200-225 ml ice cold sparkling waterOr get a tempura batter mix and make up with sparkling water.To make the batter sift and mix the dry ingredients. Whisk in the water a bit at a time until the batter is the consistency of single cream. Don’t over mix. It doesn’t matter if there are a few lumps.

    For the filling beat the ricotta until smooth then stir in the parmesan and chopped herbs. Season. Scoop a couple of teaspoons into each flower and twist the petals to enclose.

    Dip the flowers into the batter and deep fry in hot oil for 2 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown.  Yum!

 

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It’s not the economy stupid! Guest post from farm member Dave Watson

We’re delighted to publish this thoughtful, and very interesting, guest blog post from farm member Dave Watston. Not only is Dave a trained professional chef, he is also an academic with a particular specialist subject which is very relevant to the “Save the Oak Tree” Campaign.

Dave Watson baking pizzas in The Oak Tree wood fired oven

Dave Watson baking pizzas in The Oak Tree wood fired oven

‘It’s the economy stupid’ is a well worn political catchphrase conjured up by Bill Clinton’s 1992 election campaign team to underline the importance of gaining voter’s confidence in managing the economy. Fast forward 23 years and the Tories have just won the 2015 election because of their economic credibility (or so they would have us believe). So clearly it’s important, right? But why, we all know that money doesn’t buy you happiness or does it? Presumably money’s value so to speak is that it enables us to have things that make us comfortable and or happy like a nice house or an ice cream. In which case it’s not about the economy but actually our happiness or well-being, money simply being a tool that enables us to get there, but does it allow us to get everything that makes us happy. What about meaningful relationships or a fulfilling job and what has all this got to do with the Oak Tree Farm anyway?

Well for the last 3 years I’ve been studying for a PhD exploring the links between wellbeing and participation in community food projects, one of which is the The Oak Tree Farm. Now anyone who is involved with the farm and possibly many people who aren’t might think it’s blindingly obvious that these kind of enterprises are good for us, so why bother spending years studying this. Whilst there’s been a lot of interest and growth in the local and alternative food sector, there’s been very little done to turn this common sense assumption into an articulate argument that describes the benefits of places like The Oak Tree. There’s also quite a lot more work to be done to persuade the policy makers that it’s not the economy stupid, despite the Cameron government launching their ‘happiness index’ when was the last time you heard how well the nation’s well-being was doing as opposed to the economy? When I started writing this blog post I tried to distil the research I’ve been doing but I simply can’t condense all the research I’ve done over the last few years into this blog post.  I can tell you how great it is from my own perspective as a member but perhaps the best way to give a sense of just how much the Oak Tree means to those involved with it is to let them say it in their own words.

“…You go through the gate and there’s a big space and a big sky and having cycled up or driven up going through the town and Rushmere and suddenly you feel a sense of arrival somewhere different, you’ve sort of stepped into your countryside”

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Early morning sunrise at The Oak Tree, and cabbages!

 

“How do we get access to land other than walking through it in a twee way, how do we actually feel it and touch it, you know and that’s what I’m doing in those tasks that I’m doing and um therefore you know you either get yourself an allotment, which can be a bit of a headache potentially or you could try this, I’d say try this”

 “it’s an idea, an example of how you can make use of land and get people involved in food production and it’s not just saying we should do this it’s doing it and that’s quite nice, cos that’s essentially what needs to happen, instead of people just talking about having solutions to food problems is people actually doing it”.  

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A winter veg share box

 

“I feel like I could be anywhere, I could be you know unemployed or poor and I would still manage my [weekly payment] for that veg so it feels quite um the self reliant, that feeling of self reliance, that’s the satisfaction I think, cos you feel no matter what you’re not reliant on a supermarket system or a food system that might not sustain itself, I could do it.”

“I think perhaps also the fact that we feel we couldn’t go back from having local veg really that we’ve also had a part in producing as part of our regular diet, we’ve never had that before the farm, so that is a huge change to our lives and maybe we could go back to not having that but I think I would be a lot unhappier”

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The annual Oak Tree Members’ Wild Food Walk Spring 2015

 

“I have used this really trite phrase that Joanne, doesn’t just grow vegetables but she’s growing a community which I think is absolutely true, you know I’ve got to know people you know some brilliant people some really great people you know I never would have met otherwise and I do look forward now to going up there and to seeing them”

Tom and Kirsty, with unusual methods of carrying a spade on a bike

Tom and Kirsty, with an unusual method of carrying a spade on a bike

“You’ve kind of got lots of benefits all combined together whereas in other aspects of life you could have some of those benefits in different areas, so you could have your exercise benefit by going cycling, your social benefit by going to the pub whereas at the farm you’ve got your exercise, you’ve got your health and nutrition and your social aspects all combined together which i think is doesn’t always happen… it’s that combination is quite unique and that sharing, sharing of recipes and sharing of a bit of support.”

Ironically the farm is currently experiencing what could be described as an economic crisis and a pretty serious one to say the least, but if you look at the wider context, this predicament can be linked to a persistent preoccupation with economic growth at all costs, one which the farm simply doesn’t fit into. This shapes our lives in many different and complex ways, but in my view we need to change this way of thinking and cultivate a society that pursues wellbeing as its central aspiration. For an enterprise that is actively trying to achieve this to fail would be a poor reflection on ‘progress’ and would leave behind a huge deficit in this community’s well-being.

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The Save The Oak Tree Crowdfunding site is now live!

The #SavetheOakTree crowdfunding campaign is now live at the link below! Please help to save our much loved little ecological farm which is ignored by the powers that be, but punches above its 12 acre weight to care for the enviroment and people. Thank you.

Save The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm Crowdfunding Campaign

A beautiful naturally grown sunflower!

Of course we would be very grateful for any money you can pledge, but we also ask you to spread the word, by talking about us to friends and family, to email people you know. Many people will want to ask questions about the farm and what has happened. You can direct them to our Frequently Asked Questions  about the #SavetheOakTree campaign.

And another great way to help is to spread the word on social media:

  • Please on Twitter and remember to use the “hashtag” #SavetheOakTree when you talk about us! Retweet our messages, and make up your own.
  • Visit our Facebook page! and share (don’t just “like”) posts about the campaign!
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A hopeful look into the future: The Sunlit Uplands

The last few weeks, since announcing the Save The Oak Tree Crowdfunding Campaign (to be launched in about a week’s time -we’re now busy preparing the video, the rewards for pledges, the campaign webpage etc, etc…) have felt tough. It is a bit like taking your clothes off in public, saying that something had gone wrong with a beloved project, and that if we don’t raise enough money, it will have to be shut down.

Join me on the sunlit uplands

Join me on the sunlit uplands

But that really isn’t what the #SavetheOakTree campaign is all about. No, the whole project, the whole dream of producing good food, while caring for the environment, and the community of people involved, is above all a message of hope and optimism.

Why on earth would growers Eric, John and myself work very long hours on low wages (even if the crowdfunding is successful we’re only seeking the minimum wage) in extremes of weather and often physical discomfort? Why do our lovely farm members come and join us to help with the endless tasks on the farm, as well as offering encouragement and support in countless other ways? The answer, of course, is because we believe in what we are doing (and hopefully, on balance, we enjoy all it!)

So, in this post, I am going to focus on the positive. The Sunlit Uplands of the Future, where the farm’s future is secure and our harvests more productive, and the farm infrastructure less rudimentary! That is why we are campaigning to #SavetheOakTree because it will see us through this rough patch to …. now these advances won’t happen straight away, but they most definitely form an important part of our plans for the future!

The soil will be far better and more productive.

Forrest and Gump August 2014

Forrest and Gump August 2014

We are trialling the amazing methods of soil life scientist Dr Elaine Ingham to improve our soil, as well as using mob stocking methods on our pasture with our two bullocks. Not only with this improve our yields, it will also sequester very significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. These are just two of the array of methods that we are using to restore our soil which had been depleted by decades of Industrial Agriculture.

The Forest Garden will have matured

Martin Crawford's amazing Forest Garden in Devon

Martin Crawford’s amazing Forest Garden in Devon

Our cultivated “edible young woodland”, which has been planted over the first few years of the farm, will be producing plentiful orchard fruit, soft fruit and perennial leaves, all while supporting the environment! A huge percentage of fruit eaten in the UK is imported, but this really is daft (a result of crazy policy incentives).

The farm will have a beautiful community building, complete with area for members to relax, space to welcome courses and visitors, a proper kitchen which will enable us to produce value added products from our harvest, and simple accommodation for farm apprentices, not to mention proper composting toilets! At present we are working on a feasibility study – sadly endless rules, regulations and goodness knows what else make it all terribly complicated, but we are making definite progress/

Our cut flower business will be thriving!

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British cut flowers are very popular, and we are currently seeking the best ways to market our expanded cut flower harvest. Once we’ve learned the best way to go about this for us, we’ll have a healthy, and ecological, income stream for the farm. Most cut flowers are imported, heavily doused in chemicals, and some are the result of dubious labour practices. Needless to say, ours are grown without chemicals, and are grown right here in Suffolk!

 

 

 

 

 

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Low carbon cut flower update!

Our beautiful, ecologically grown cut flowers are coming on a pace!

We have been growing flower for cutting for a few years now, but we have expanded the range and quantity that we grow this year, and we are also working on extending the season.

Most cheap flowers in the supermarkets, and florists, are grown with lots of chemicals, imported and may even involve very poor employment condition where they are grown. Which isn’t very nice to think about when you are buying something beautiful for a loved one.

Our flower are grown with no artificial chemicals at all, are all grown on our little farm in Suffolk, and any revenue from their sale goes to running our ecological, not for profit social enterprise community farm. Added to that, they are very beautiful!

We are planning to offer our bouquets by Special Delivery post very soon – in the meantime here is farm grower Joanne perfecting her bouquet making skills with farm member Clare who, as it turns out, has studied floristry!

Clare and Joanne with flowers

And here is a closeup of the training bouquet…

A close up of Joanne and Clare's bouquet...

A close up of Joanne and Clare’s bouquet…

And finally here is a "test posting" of an Oak Tree Bouquet

And finally here is a “test posting” of an Oak Tree Bouquet

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Frequently asked questions about the #SavetheOakTree Campaign

What is is all about, what is the problem?

We were expecting a large financial contribution to the farm from a lovely crowd who have been contributing to the farm for some time. Through no fault of their own, they have been unable to go ahead with this large sum, which has left us with a big, and unexpected, hole in our finances.

Why are you in financial trouble?

We made plans based on the expected financial contribution, indeed the farm would have been struggling months ago if it weren’t for their preceeding kind help. Now we either go forward, or else. Shit or bust.

But you have been going for seven years, why now?

In the early days of the farm Joanne Mudhar worked on little or no wages and took few, if any, holidays. She isn’t getting any younger, and it was all getting far too much. To ever be able to take anyone on as a fellow grower we needed to pay more than the pittance she was on. We lost one lovely grower, Tom, because he couldn’t afford to continue on the dreadful wages when his wife Kirsty had their baby Leon (you can chat to they about it, they are still a members of the farm!).

Joanne’s fellow growers, Eric and John, work ridiculously hard. We need three of us to cover sick leaves, holidays, and the sheer volume of work running the farm and looking after our lovely farm members. Until recently, all three growers were on the minimum wage thanks to our financial supporters. Since the financial support stopped we are holding the farm together on ridicuously low wages (Joanne on under £3 per hour). We can’t afford to buy essential equipment.  For the moment, we can’t continue much longer without external help.

Is there any hope you’ll ever be financially sustainable?

Yes, yes, yes! Thanks to our innovative community supported agriculture system we don’t waste any food, and as our soil improves (it was in a dreadful state when we started, a hangover of Industrial Agriculture) our yields will improve. We have low levels of oil based inputs, as oil prices rise, we will become more competitive.

We are developing a promising low carbon cut flower business, and our fruit trees and bushes are slowly growing. Added to this, we are in the early stages of planning a community building which will enable us to welcome visitors and run courses, drawing in much needed revenue to the farm. We are hoping to trial a “farming on prescription” service for people with mild mental health problems next year.

We are also planning to talk with our members about the possibility of variable pricing of our produce at our annual farm meeting in August (see key dates for CSA members), but we are very keen that our farm should remain accessible to as wide a group of people as possible.

We also hope that one day, a UK Government will realise that treating our soil as blotting paper for chemicals is a suicidal way of ruining our enviroment and health, and will cease to unfairly advantage large scale, cruel, destructive Industrial Agriculture. And realise that little farms like ours are making a significant contribution to addressing climate change.

How much money do you need?

Our crowdfunding campaign will have two targets. We will set a deadline towards mid September for the end of the campaign.

The first, the “survive” target of £27,000 would allow us to continue our work at least to the end of 2016, hopefully longer, but we can’t guarantee it. The growers would earn up to the minimum wage (in some cases less, to ease the farm budget) and we would have the minimal additional composting and irrigation equipment we need to make our work more efficient, and our farm more productive.

Max and Milo, the cats from next door

The second “thrive” target of £38,000 would secure our future into 2017, giving us time to develop our low carbon fruit and flower gardens, and to overcome the red tape blocking building our community building to welcome visitors and to run courses. With the this extra money we could top up the farm income enough to pay our growers  the minimum wage.

If you’re so short of money, how on earth can you afford such a professional film?

In short, we couldn’t, it was the sheer generosity of two farm members who happen to be talented film makers, who made the film as part of their farm work commitment.

What will happen if we don’t reach the lower target?

We won’t receive any money from the Crowdfunding Campaign. We need the “survive” amount to, well survive – we pared it down to the minimum we thought we could get away with.

Here at The Oak Tree we are working on the assumption that we will succeed, for example we are still planting out leeks for the winter 2015/2016 harvest!

But, it is a reasonable question to ask, and after a lot of reflection we have decided that, if we don’t achieve the “survive target” then, with the greatest regret, we would close down the farm Community Supported Agriculture Scheme from the beginning of October 2015, and Joanne and Richard may well sell the land which is currently The Oak Tree.

In this situation, the last vegetable boxes would be harvested in the final week of September. We would ask members who pay monthly to cancel their standing orders before the beginning of October, and we would  pay back (pro rata) those members who have paid the full year in advance where asked to do so. This may require Joanne to sell the land which is currently The Oak Tree Farm so we may need to ask for your patience, but Joanne makes it a personal undertaking that you would be offered your money back where you have paid in advance even if it takes her a little while to achieve.

What about all the veg left in the ground if you closed down!?

It would probably get overgrown with weeds then be ploughed up by the new owner. I know, it breaks my heart too.

What can I do to help?

Please see our Update on how you can help to Save The Oak Tree. And, thanks!

Surely big scale agriculture is more efficient, so farm like The Oak Tree will inevitably go under?

No, it isn’t. Small scale agriculture has been shown, time and again, to produce more food per unit area, with fewer harmful inputs, than industrial agriculture. We also employ more people per unit area in jobs which can be creative, health an satisfying. But that story doesn’t suit the Establishment.

There are countless petty rules and regulations that are particularly onerous for small farms like our, but work fine with the economies of scale of bigger ones, such as animal factory farms.

There is also the red tape that makes it so very hard to put buildings up on farms under 5Ha in size (like The Oak Tree which is 4.96 Ha in size – and no, we can’t just buy an extra bit).

No-one takes into account the damage caused by energy intensive Industrial Agriculture on the climate, our wildlife, the quality of our food (mineral levels in veg have dropped dramatically over the past few decades). Never mind the appalling conditions of  cruelly treat factory farmed animals…

Why don’t you get EU agricultural subsidies?

Because The Oak Tree, at 4.96 Hectares in size, is just under the threshold defined by the UK government (the EU allows a lower limit). We can’t buy a strip of land to get above the threshold, and the problems are wider than just the subsidies anyway.

Is it just because you’re badly organised, or just not very canny business people?

Our three growers have extensive experience in business before running The Oak Tree. An accountant once commented that we were unusually organised for a not for profit social enterprise. Joanne has worked in successful small business for years, John is a Chartered Accountant (as well as being into Amateur Dramatics!) having worked for a small local business for decades, and Eric a is professional project manager and a very canny and bright chap. Were not daft, we’re imaginative, we work hard and we are entrepreneurial.

We’re just up against an (almost) insurmountable system that tells farms to “get big, or get out”. Don’t just take it from us, listen to George Monbiot on the subject.

George Monbiot from Oxford Farming Conference on Vimeo.

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The Oak Tree Farm Summer Party.. or yet another reason to #SavetheOakTree!

Thank you all who came along to the lovely farm Summer Party last Saturday! Yet another reason to #SavetheOakTree !

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When the going gets tough, The Oak Tree CSA members get on an party to celebrate all that is good at the farm!

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Wonderful food and drink was shared, the wood fired clay oven cooked members’ pizzas to perfection, the wood fired barbeque worked a treat and Richard played a fantastic mix of music with his “Stoat Solar (battery powered) Disco!

 

 

Little Owl

 

Towards the end we all sat round a midsummer bonfire, gazed at the stag beetles & stars and listened to the owls on their nighttime rounds!

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Update on how you can help to Save the Oak Tree!

It is a week since I announced our campaign to Save The Oak Tree, and so much has happened since then! I have been truly overwhelmed by the support and friendship shown to the farm by our members and friends of the farm… too numerous to mention here. I am so very grateful to everyone who shares my belief in the ecological, community farming that we do together at The Oak Tree! Thank you all :)

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We plan to launch our crowdfunding campaign in about three weeks time, towards the end of July, which will be the time to pledge money to safeguard the future of the farm! Rest assured we shall publicise the crowdfunding page far and wide as soon as it is launched!

 

IN the meantime we have lots of work to do to prepare, including making a video, setting up the rewards, organising a launch event and contacting the press.

How much are we going to ask for?

Our crowdfunding campaign will have two targets. We will set a deadline towards mid September for the end of the campaign.

The first, the “survive” target of £27,000 would allow us to continue our work at least to the end of 2016, hopefully longer, but we can’t guarantee it. The growers would earn up to the minimum wage (in some cases less, to ease the farm budget) and we would have the minimal additional composting and irrigation equipment we need to make our work more efficient, and our farm more productive.

Max and Milo, the cats from next door

The second “thrive” target of £38,000 would secure our future into 2017, giving us time to develop our low carbon fruit and flower gardens, and to overcome the red tape blocking building our community building to welcome visitors and to run courses. With the this extra money we could top up the farm income enough to pay our growers  the minimum wage.

What will happen if we don’t reach the lower target?

Here at The Oak Tree we are working on the assumption that we will succeed, for example we are still planting out leeks for the winter 2015/2016 harvest!

But, it is a reasonable question to ask, and the answer is in our Frequently Asked Questions list.

Would you like to help us?

Many kind people have asked, “What can I do to help?”. Here are some concrete things you can do, right now, that would really make a difference!

A beautiful naturally grown sunflower!

How to help: Help to spread the word! Please vote for farm member Anne Gould’s article on Contributoria – your vote will make a real difference to our chances of being picked up by national media! It really is quick to do, and free of charge, we promise.

How to help: Social media support!

Please on Twitter and remember to use the “hashtag” #SavetheOakTree when you talk about us! Retweet our messages, and make up your own.

Visit our Facebook page! and share (don’t just “like”) posts about the campaign!

Email and talk with your friends and family. Many people will want to ask questions about the farm and what has happened. You can direct them to our Frequently Asked Questions  about the #SavetheOakTree campaign.

How to Help: Please do reserve as much money as you can to pledge to our crowdfunding campaign when it gets under way in late July. We need as sustained success to encourage lots and lots of people to get involved! But even if you are feeling hard up, a small contribution is still a big help, and adds to the “snowball effect” of the campaign. Remember, if we don’t reach the “survive” target, we will receive nothing.

How to Help: Sell things on ebay to have more to donate! Maybe you have a few things lying around that you don’t need, but which you could sell on ebay and then contribute the proceeds to the Campaign? Reusing stuff is all very much in the spirit of the farm – remember – much of the farm infrastructure is built out of stuff that other people threw out!

 

 

 

 

 

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