Gorgie City Farm housed over 100 animals, welcomed 200,000 visitors per year, has supported and trained 237 volunteers since January and has educated 1,961 children through our education activities on the farm this year alone.
It was part of Edinburgh's identity for the past 40 years and has overcome many challenges. Edinburgh and it's future generation cannot afford to lose this community project especially in a time when people are becoming more and more removed from nature, having a farm within the city limits is invaluable.
My name is Hannah Ryan and I am one of the 23 staff members who found out on 1st November that they had lost their jobs. Some found out from social media posts and others by calls from colleagues. The staff had no warning and were not given the chance to make a last minute appeal to the public earlier.
This farm is one of the last of it's kind in Scotland. Support this cause for the volunteers GCF supported - an estimated 45% have addition learning needs and many advanced into work through this experience. Support this cause for the children who learned to love animals at GCF. Support this cause for the enrichment this farm gave to families, especially those on a low income who could spend the day here and were not forced to pay an entry fee equivalent to a weekly food shop. Support this cause for the Edinburgh we WANT and not the Edinburgh that we have.
If the money raised cannot save the farm, the money will be donated between Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and Scottish Association for Mental Health.
This is a voluntary fundraising campaign which is not associated with the liquidation of Gorgie City Farm, which is being administered by MHA Henderson Loggie.
"I've suffered with anxiety and depression for the past year or two. Gorgie Farm is a very special place that always makes me feel both welcomed and part of the team. I find the farm a very important part of my ongoing healing process." - Anonymous, volunteer survey Aug 2019
"Gorgie farm has affected me in many ways in my life. It helped me to become more confident working with people it also helped me with my social anxiety." - Anonymous, volunteer survey Aug 2019
"I've been coming to GCF for nearly 20 years. At first it was for a nice way to while away time on a walk, then it was with my young children to experience a real farm. Now my volunteering means I can "give back" to society. I find it incredibly enriching and rewarding to be part of such a special charity." - Anonymous, volunteer survey Aug 2019
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