Open day in aid of Bury St Edmunds charity’s farming project

Mark Byford, of Crack On
Mark Byford, of Crack On
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A Bury St Edmunds charity which is setting up an educational farm in Thurston is to hold a fund-raising open day at the site on Sunday.

The Crack On Foundation has already amassed £14,000 towards the project and received numerous donations of equipment following an appeal in the Bury Free Press.

The Field of Dreams initiative, on land off Beyton Road, past the Dell caravan park (IP31 3RB), will officially launch in September and act as a training site and educational resource for the long term unemployed who will be able to grow produce and look after animals.

The open day at the site on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, will help boost the profile of the farm, raise more funds and offer fun for all the family. There will be chance to feed the farm’s animals which includes pigs, sheep, geese, chickens and ducks as well as bouncy castles, stalls and games.

The farm is an extension of The Crack On Foundation’s drive to help the disadvantaged and the charity already provides work opportunities through its shops in the area and a warehouse facility, in Thetford.

Mark Byford, CEO of the charity, said he had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support for the farm following donations of cash and equipment including water butts, hand tools, wheel barrows, compost bins and straw bails. He said: “The support has been brilliant. It’s been a real community effort and nice that people want to get behind it.”

Mr Byford, who has a degree in agriculture and horticulture, said providing work experience addresses one of the biggest challenges facing the long term unemployed, particularly young people.

Entry to the open day is free.