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Help Save The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm Community

Ask children, and an increasing number of adults, where their food comes from and you’ll probably get the answer “from the supermarket” or “from the takeaway”. Alarming isn’t it?! It certainly worries me. Especially when you consider that, if current trends persist, our children and grandchildren will have an increasingly lower life expectancy than ours.

A scary thought, particularly when we have a very good idea of the reasons behind these trends. The question is, do we shrug our shoulders and blame others whilst tucking into a packet of crisps watching TV on the sofa or do we try to do our little part to steer our progeny, and society in general, back on a healthier path?

For me, it’s a no-brainer. Of course we want to help our children live healthier happier lives BUT, and it’s a big BUT, how do we break that cycle? How do we motivate ourselves and others to make change? Well, that’s easy. We get off our backsides and actually do something! Actions speak louder than words as they say.

Small lifestyle changes over an extended period are the way to go, especially if you want the changes to stick. It didn’t take us long to realise that my wife Debbie is very disciplined when it comes to healthy eating and exercise but my son Sam and I are….well…not!

Luckily we discovered a solution that works for us as a family and it’s practically on our doorstep.

Oak-Tree-Farm-Logo-200The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA) where members of the community work together to produce a wonderful array of ultra fresh vegetables, eggs, rare breed meat and cut flowers without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides.

But it’s much more than that…

It’s a place where Joanne Mudhar, Eric Nelson and John Revell (directors of the social enterprise) work tirelessly to build and co-ordinate a vibrant and inclusive community.

It’s a place where Joanne and the team experiment with new methods for getting the best out of the natural resources available.

It’s a place where you feel part of a family that shares your values and love for nature and great tasting fresh produce.

….And it’s a place that’s rapidly turning into a haven for wildlife too.

That ticks a lot of boxes for me and I’m surprised how quickly the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm has ingrained itself on my life.

However, there’s a dark cloud hanging over the farm. If it was the kind that leads to rain then it would be well received in this drought stricken corner of the UK, but it’s not.

It’s the dark cloud of impending closure due to our only major donor unexpectedly being unable to continue helping us.

This couldn’t have come at a worse time as we are right on the verge of developing the next phase of the farms future.

Plans include…

  • Expanding the number of veg shares to include more families in the community.
  • Development of farm buildings to enable us to host a wide range of exciting new courses and workshops as well as school parties from across the county.
  • Developing our blossoming cut flower business.
  • Introduction of new wildlife habitats to increase biodiversity.
  • Development of exciting new technologies to help increase productivity and reduce costs.
  • Development and sharing of best practices and guides to help and inspire other communities across the UK to take positive action.

As you can see, there’s an exciting future just round the corner but in order to get there we need help, and at this stage that means cold hard cash.

That’s why the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm community has come together to launch our #SaveTheOakTree crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.

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We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and support received so far with over £10,000 being raised in the first 10 days!

How cool is that!!!

But there’s a LONG way to go to our ‘survive target’ of £27,000 and it’s important to remember that if we don’t receive the full amount by the end of the campaign in mid September then we don’t receive a penny and unfortunately the farm will close.

I find it hard to think about it to be honest. I know, without doubt, that each and every member of the Oak Tree family will be utterly heartbroken if it comes to that.

The impact of the farm now and in the future on our community and the county of Suffolk in general is immeasurable. We cannot afford to let this treasure disappear.

With your help we believe we can become financially self-sustaining. We have lovely perks to thank you for your pledge and I’ll be featuring some of these over the coming weeks. Help us to continue to demonstrate that it really is possible to produce excellent food while caring for the community and the environment.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE and help us save the farm!
By | 2016-10-27T15:26:53+00:00 August 7th, 2015|Lifestyle|0 Comments

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