Woodgate Valley Urban Farm was created in 1988 by a team of local volunteers. The farm is a member of the Federation for City Farms and Community 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.
The Farm Project is managed and supervised entirely by unpaid Volunteers from the local community on a day to day basis, with an overview by eight Trustee/Directors. Configures supports the local trust by providing various services including webhosting and development for their website.
Most farms are about animals, but it is people Woodgate are about! The focus of Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is working with people, young people in particular who want to gain work experience, confidence and life skills in a supportive environment. The farm runs volunteer placements, work experience placements and has a partnership with West Midlands Probation which involves the farm hosting community punishment placements. Find out more