Charity supporting the disadvantaged appeals for help to launch educational farm

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A Bury St Edmunds charity which supports the disadvantaged is appealing for help to fulfill its ‘dream’ of launching an educational farm for children and adults.

The Crack On Foundation wants to establish a farm in the next couple of weeks where people can learn about the origins of food and take part in the growing of produce and welfare of animals.

They aim to set it up on land in Thurston and have secured some animals including pigs, goats, ducks, hens and rabbits for the project - dubbed ‘Field of Dreams’.

Mark Byford, CEO of Crack On, said they need to raise £15,000 to kick-off the initiative and are appealing for unwanted farm animals as well as items such as fencing, hand tools, steel storage container, water butts, hay bales and polytunnel. The farm would provide a training site for the long term unemployed and grow vegetables to sell in the charity’s shops in Bury, Newmarket, Ipswich and Watton.

Mr Byford, who has a degree in agriculture and horticulture, said: “It’s a phenomenal amount of experience for volunteers and for children to learn about where food comes from and looking after animals.”

The farm, which would have paddocks, raised vegetable beds, a pond and activity area, also aims to engage with local schools and clubs. Visit www.justgiving.com/Mark-Byford1