Shallowford Farm – Transforming Lives on the Farm
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“One of my children came to your farm this year (she’s actually in the promo film) and I was so proud of her for what she’d done. It was really great to see such a difference!!”
How can we care for wild places if we do not understand them? How can we understand them if we do not immerse ourselves in them?
Shallowford Farm is a unique and inspiring place set in the heart of Dartmoor.
Here, people of all ages can come and be immersed in a whole new way of life and reflect on a deeper understanding of themselves, others and the environment around them.
The farm experience, which became known as “A lung for the city”, was created by Elizabeth Braund and Rosemary Bird. In the 1970s they recognized, from their youth work in Battersea at Providence House Youth and Community Centre, that a sense of community and self worth could not be developed fully without the opportunity to experience wild places and God’s creation, to develop curiosity, imagination and challenge.
THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT SHALLOWFORD FARM DOES!
Hundreds of people from Battersea have shared the Shallowford experience and love to tell their stories of life on the farm and what it has meant to them. Successive generations have come again and again to a place they trust and love.
We stimulate learning by doing, a sense of community, purpose and belonging.
Our vision is for this work to continue and grow through the development of further residential facilities at the farm. The development plans include additional homely accommodation, excellent learning facilities, safe handling farm stock pens, recreational areas and efficient wet weather facilities,
There is potential during school terms to host school groups for week long school visits. The intention is to continue to develop East Shallowford as a small mixed farm suitable for such visits by young people and adults.
As our immediate available funds are finite, fundraising is well underway. We are seeking to secure funding beyond our own capital resources to support the costs of development, subsidise the residential visits from inner cities and so make a difference to young people’s lives and that of their families.