Did you know there’s a farm on your doorstep? I didn’t. On my fourth day at Drummond Central, I set out on a shoot to capture some of the people — and animals — who call Ouseburn Farm home.
In the middle of Newcastle’s city, the Farm provides a slice of green space for the local community. At least, that’s what it does on paper. In practice, the Farm is a place for growing. Whether that’s the delicious red peppers featured in my lunch-time soup, the children inspired by the animals, or the volunteers gaining valuable life skills — everything and everyone grows at Ouseburn Farm.
Despite being such an incredible resource for our community, Ouseburn Farm has a huge funding gap to fill. Drummond Central have part-funded the deficit, but they’re still in critical need of funding in order to carry on doing their amazing work.
That’s why we’ve helped to launch a crowdfunder campaign aiming to raise £20,000 by the end of March. So far, almost £14,000 has been raised — which is absolutely fantastic — but there’s still a long way to go.
Whilst on the shoot, I held a snake (Amelia, of course) while we chatted about what the Farm means to some of the volunteers. Don’t get me wrong, the snake was terrifying, but the warmth and passion of the volunteers made her red eyes seem just a little less intimidating.
So, from the newest recruit at Drummond Central, and the newest fan of Ouseburn Farm, I’d urge you to donate whatever you can. The Farm is more than a place to go, it’s a place to belong, and I think that’s something the world needs a lot more of.
If you’re feeling generous, you can support Ouseburn Farm here