Meanwood Urban Farm

In 1980, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm was registered as a charity to provide a range of services to communities in the City.  It began with just two old caravans but is now a 24-acre site, which is a working farm.  It houses a variety of animals but is also home to community and environmental work.

One of the services provided is to schools.  Pupils can visit and engage in minibeast hunts, incubation and a mud workshop.  There are holidays playschemes and, for 13 – 16 year olds, the Engage ReConnect Project.  This helps those experiencing some difficulties with mainstream education.

The Farm’s development programme helps adults with learning disabilities, and in partnership with LCC’s Adult Social Care, training in gardening, literacy and numeracy can be delivered at the farm.  It helps to be based in an integrated environment.

Local people have the chance to use an allotment.

Community groups can visit and hire a meeting room.  There are three rooms of varying sizes.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm has provided details of opportunities for volunteers with appropriate experience:

Garden Team

This team works in the Market Garden and Amenity Garden areas, including the greenhouse and polytunnels, undertaking general gardening, digging, weeding, planting, potting, composting and watering.

Both the time of year and the weather conditions will dictate work requirements on any particular day.

Duties will also include general upkeep of the site including sweeping pathways, painting fences and general tidying.

Occasionally team members may be asked to assist with visits by corporate groups and sometimes with movement of animals around the Farm.

Education Team

This team provides a range of services including educational visits by groups from local schools and volunteering opportunities will require volunteers to have teaching knowledge and experience.

Educational tours include topics such as Rocks and Soils, Life Cycles, Mini Beasts and Pond Dipping.  Guided Farm tours are offered from time to time by prior arrangement.

Events Team

This is a new team led by our volunteer Events Manager and whilst we seek volunteers with knowledge and experience of events participation, all of our volunteers are welcome to help at the various events throughout the year

You can find out more about Meanwood Valley Urban Farm here.