The response from customers since our fund launched has been nothing short of inspiring. So far we have managed to raise £1,131 for our curated fund recipients. TwoTrees Catering and Earthwise have both received £400 each, and, as announced earlier this week, EcoWild will be our next fund recipient.
Claire from Earthwise is excited to get her monthly Earthwise Activity Boxes (for children aged 3-8) out to their new homes. They’re designed to encourage more families to get growing, making and exploring outdoors:
“We recognise how important time spent outdoors in natural environments is for our and our children’s wellbeing, particularly during this challenging time. Thanks to generous donations from The Farm's customers, we will be distributing 50 Earthwise activity boxes in July for families using Redcliffe Food Bank in Bristol.”
Customers will soon get the chance to buy Earthwise Activity Boxes via our website as an “extra”. Pre-orders will open in July, and all profits from sales will be reinvested to provide free boxes to low income families.
Emily from EcoWild tells us that their “Natural Craft and Mindfulness Packs” will soon be ready for distribution, too:
“Particularly for people who are living alone, isolated and who regularly struggle with depression/ anxiety/ low mood and health concerns, the packs will support them to access the huge support and solace of having meaningful contact with nature. A regular habit of noticing the unfolding of the rhythms and details of the living world refocuses attention away from the fearful, intangible unknown, and towards gratitude, awe, groundedness and present-centredness. Nearby nature can be simply the wild sky from the window or the changing sounds or smells from hedgerows and verges.”
Participants from The Farm’s therapeutic horticulture course, “Grow and Make”, will be the first recipients of EcoWild’s “Natural Craft and Mindfulness Packs”, and, just as we do at The Farm, Emily was sure to pay special attention to supply chains when sourcing materials for her packs: the journals support the charity MIND, the wildflower seeds are from a local CIC, the wool for crafting is from British sheep and produced in Cornwall, and the willow is grown on the Somerset levels.
EcoWild, a longstanding partner of The Farm, have used woodland-based activities since 2013 to help adults and children find a connection with nature that will stimulate curiosity, relieve tension and bring a sense of peace and connectedness. You can read more about their “Natural Craft and Mindfulness Packs” here.