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People who know us will know that we talk about ‘Takin’ Care of Business’. It’s our mantra and how we approach everything we’re involved in. We also believe we have an important role to play in our community and have a strategy we call, ‘Takin’ Care of the Community’ (see what we did there?). It’s all about identifying causes we believe in and trying to find ways we can help people and organisations by offering our support, advice and skills and even a bit of hard graft. Like real, actual, hard graft, not just ‘marketing’. We found out a few months ago that Ouseburn Farm was facing closure after Tyne Housing Association announced it was unable to continue funding from April 2017, we thought we’d like to do something about it.

After visiting and meeting the team, and seeing all of the amazing work they do we knew we’d found the right cause. As a working farm in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley, they have animals, gardens, an orchard and a café with the best sausage rolls in the world (fact). On top of that they do a huge amount of outreach work – they have educational classrooms that accommodate school children and vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities, providing them with skills to develop. Seriously, it’s an awesome place, run by some of the most passionate and dedicated people I’ve had the privilege of meeting.

I’m delighted to report we’ve agreed to step in and support them. We’ll be part-funding some of the farm’s deficit over the next three years and also working closely with their fantastic team to help them in-kind with their marketing. If there’s one thing we know we’re good at, it’s helping people to shout and raise their profile.

Everyone at Drummond Central is thrilled about this partnership. We love that we’re helping something that has been an integral part of the region (since 1976) continue to exist and do great work. Takin’ Care of the Farm.