Helping the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed

Wye Community Farm - children holding sheep
Wye Community Farm - children holding chickens
Location
Wye
KCF has been supporting Wye Community Farm
Since 2013
Total Amount Awarded by KCF
£31,000
Wye Community Farm

Kent Community Foundation has been funding Wye Community Farm since 2013 and have awarded them grants totalling £31,000. Over the years they have applied for funding for projects including buying a new van, purchasing hedging plants and trees, installing a water pump and buying a wool tumbler and water extractor to semi automate the process of turning fleece into felt and yarn.

Launched in 2007, Wye Community Farm farms 120 acres and aims to help the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed. They also support children and young people experiencing difficulties at school, those who are not in education, employment, or training, those with special educational needs or those suffering from isolation or poor mental health at their popular Farm Club. In 2021 a £5,000 grant from Kent Community Foundation allowed the Farm to employ a tutor and increase the number of children and young people they can support.

“Wye Community Farm, farms 120 acres, mainly on the Wye National Nature Reserve. Our livestock are playing a crucial role in maintaining the chalk grassland of the Wye National Nature Reserve upon which rare and endangered species such as the Black Veined Moth and Lady Orchid depend. Our Farm Clubs, provide a hands-on farm volunteering experience to improve the mental health, skills and confidence of children with low educational attainment, or those living with stress and poor mental health.” Mark McTaggart, Wye Community Farm

Marina Capriotti, Behaviour for Learning Coach at Wye School, said, “Wye Community Farm has consistently provided opportunities for our students to learn new skills, discover new talents, work as a team and give back to the local community. The farm provides a safe, calm space for them to develop their functional, social, and emotional skills and we have found it to be an invaluable alternative way of learning which our students look forward to.”


MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind
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