On volunteering at the farm

This farm has been extremely important to me over recent years. My health and happiness is boosted by time spent working here, the act of having hands in the earth essential. I love working with a group, a team challenge outdoors is so fun. I love the physicality and being out in all weathers. The food produced is delicious and key to my well being. Friendships and community links grown here have enriched my life. It’s a very special project indeed. Vital for so many people and the local landscape and community.

J, April 2024


Coming along to the regular Wednesday volunteer mornings has really helped me get through a few difficult years. Chatting with like-minded people or just being in my own space every week was very important. I’m really grateful for the physical and mental stimulation these volunteer mornings give me. I also really enjoy being involved in the wider community events on offer.

N, 2024


I am a home-based worker and also look after my grandchildren; coming to weekly volunteer mornings is really my only regular face-to-face contact with adults outside my family. Conversation flows freely between volunteers and growers as we work on the farm. It is a very accepting atmosphere, and I have made close friends through the group. The work mornings are a great chance to check in and find out how everyone is, and for instance talk through family issues, share food and recipes, or pass on recommendations for places and events, as well as celebrating our achievements on the farm. I have been volunteering at Canalside for over three years, and it has become an important part of my life.

Z, April 2024


Also: …on being a produce share member

…on being part of a community

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