Edinburgh Community Farm

Edinburgh Community Farm

This account has been set up by former employees of Gorgie City Farm. Any info regarding the farm ca

01/01/2023

This a personal post from Hannah Ryan, the lead fundraiser for the SaveGorgieFarm appeal in 2019.

"With a heavy heart, I learned the news of the closure of Love Gorgie Farm. The past 3 years have been incredibly hard for us all, but I hold close to the memories of Nov 2019, when our community came together.

As we welcome 2023, please remember your local charities, businesses, co-ops, food banks, community centres and other locally run groups that may need extra support in the coming months. If you cannot donate money please consider donating your time or items where acceptable. Leave reviews, tell your friends about your favourite locally run business or get in touch with them directly to share your appreciation.

Your support can change the future of Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond. You are never too small to make a huge difference.

Thank you so much for your support back in 2019. I wish you and your loved ones the best for the coming year."

Hannah Ryan

19/11/2019

As we all hold our breath for more info, we want to say a special thank you, again, to the former staff & wider community who are ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น working hard for a future of this site.
For now, here's a throwback to simpler times when a photobombing goose was our biggest problem ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ”

18/11/2019

"๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ! ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚! ๐‘†๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐บ๐ถ๐น...๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ [๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜] ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด & ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป!"

Honestly, I couldn't of said it better myself. Well done Bruntsfield Primary School P3! ๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸŒพโ™ฅ๏ธ

Do you have a drawing you'd like to share with us? Tag us or email it to [email protected]

16/11/2019

Gorgie City Farm: There is real hope it can be saved โ€“ Angus Robertson

Our Olive looking lovely in this article. Thank you Edinburgh Evening News
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https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/gorgie-city-farm-there-real-hope-it-can-be-saved-angus-robertson-921389

edinburghnews.scotsman.com Gorgie City Farm is not up for sale and the animals are still being cared for, giving hope that this Edinburgh institution can be saved, writes Angus Robertson.

14/11/2019

Another story, like so many others, about the huge impact Gorgie City Farm had on the members of our community.

If you'd like to share your story with us please email [email protected]. We will keep all stories anonymous when requested.

"Hello, I thought I'd share my story as there's a huge diversity of people who benefit from Gorgie farm... When I moved to Edinburgh from the English countryside I didn't know anyone and it took a while to settle in. Gorgie farm quickly became one of my safe places as it felt so welcoming, had a lovely ethos and smelt just like my parent's farm.

I've had my ups and downs over the years and often just nipped into the farm to see the animals and smell the country. Now I take my little boy whenever I can, to keep him in touch with the countryside I grew up in... We're both totally gutted that it's closed, but so grateful to the staff working voluntarily to save it and it's really heartening so many people feel the same and are donating what they can to save the site of Gorgie City Farm.

I really, really hope the farm can rise from these ashes, it will be a symbol of hope and community in world with so many problems... Keep up the good work, this farm is worth so much more than numbers on a balance sheet."

12/11/2019

Click here to support Save Gorgie Farm organized by Hannah Ryan

We just hit the ยฃ70,000 mark!!!!! ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ http://gf.me/u/wff8qq Well done everyone! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

gofundme.com Hannah Ryan Save Gorgie Farm As seen in update below: While the organisation itself cannot be saved under its former name following advice from the liquidator

10/11/2019

The Red Tractor would've been coming up on its 40th birthday. We want to celebrate all the good memories this iconic Scottish attraction gave to everyone who walked, ran, skipped and jumped through the Gorgie City Farm's gates since 1982.

Let's see your best & oldest Red Tractor photos as itโ€™s day! ๐Ÿšœโ™ฅ๏ธ

08/11/2019

: Mental Health

Keep your , stories & creative memories coming our way! It's reminding us to smile in this difficult time but we must remember what a powerful difference GCF had on volunteers. Please be aware the following thread contains mental health triggers.

"I started volunteering about 3 and half years ago. At that time I had been through a very dark passage of mental health and self destruction. I had tried su***de a few times by the time I got to join the farm family and I was a severe alcoholic.

Having found a purpose and a feeling of self worth whilst at the farm, I found I didn't need to drink anymore. I have been more or less sober since, having an occasional nip at the weekends, but I personally prefer the alcohol free cider.

Anyway, I also discovered genuine friends with other volunteers, the staff, and of course the animals. This helped my recovery with my mental health.

However, having had tough circumstances earlier in the year, my mental health declined. The staff were very friendly, caring, empathetic and compassionate, and helped in my recovering again.

This is why it is so important to the community, it could further help people like me. The public need to know some success stories too to remind them of what the farm staff worked towards."

This email was given to us with permission to share. If you are struggling with your mental health please call National Su***de Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK for advice and support.

08/11/2019

Huge to the talented Ingrid who was really sad from the news of the farm closure so she built a farm with her wee brother's duplo!! Ingrid, the former staff are very impressed. Have you ever thought of a career in interior landscaping?

07/11/2019

We are absolutely loving your 's, please keep them coming!!

05/11/2019

A long update after a very busy day;

Firstly, we are all devastated that has now closed its doors for good. As an organisation it cannot be saved and the liquidators have informed us that we are no longer allowed to use the term "Gorgie City Farm".

However, former staff members are working on a voluntary basis to see if the site can be secured for a similar project with a similar ethos in the future. A new project may be called Edinburgh Community Farm and we are using that as a working title in our communications.

What we are doing:
ยท Talking to people who might be interested in working with us to secure the site of the former Gorgie City Farm for some sort of social good.
ยท Making links with other charities/organisations.
ยท Seeking legal advice.
ยท Talking to councillors, MSPs, and MPs.

How you can help:
ยท Sharing our story to to keep our voice heard.
ยท Sharing your stories and photos of Gorgie City Farm via social media to help the world understand why the farm matter to you.
ยท Keep putting us in touch with any people or organisations who might be able to help.

Former volunteers:

is offering support and advice to any former volunteers. You can contact them via their website: https://volunteeredinburgh.org.uk or on 0131 225 0630

Finally, we want to say . It's almost too small a word to express how we feel towards the inundated support we have received from the public. We are battling through grief, tiredness, sickness and sadness but your constant support is something we are heavily leaning on

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