Stirley Community Farm
Stirley Community Farm is an exciting farming project close to Castle Hill in Huddersfield
With over half an acre under cultivation, we're growing food to feed the community
We run regular gardening and wildlife events for people of all abilities
Come and dig in at Stirley Community Farm on our regular volunteer work days
Our fabulous new Cre8 Barn is finally finished and was officially opened at our annual open day on 1st September 2013.
Our fabulous farm: Stirley Community Farm is one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's most ambitious projects to date - to turn a failed, derelict dairy farm on the edge of Huddersfield into a sustainable working farm that supports wildlife as well as food production in the setting of a Pennine Fringe Living Landscape.
After years of planning and fundraising, Stirley Community Farm really started in 2011. We're now well on our way to achieving our vision of a sustainable working farm which involves all members of the local community through food growing.
Stirley Community Farm will be run as a beef social enterprise based on a low input traditional farming model, rearing slow maturing hardy breeds fed on grass and hay grown on the farm. The farm will be open to all, with a visitor centre and self-guided trails.
As an example of sustainable farming, Stirley Community Farm will explore and provide a demonstration of concepts such as low carbon farming and land management that will improve the wildlife of the Pennine Fringe. Tree planting is planned to increase woodland cover and provide wood-fuel, whilst pond and wetland areas will be established.
The farm is also a base for a wider community vision which looks at local food production and growing as a way of uniting local people and helping to bridge gaps in the community. The vegetable training area has been hugely successful in the first year of the project thanks to the help of all the people who have volunteered their time to maintain it.
The development of the farm and its food operation will include;
- Renovating existing farm buildings
- Establishing a herd of Beef Shorthorn cattle
- Food growing training area
- Formal orchards and Forest Garden
- Food events and festivals
- Education provision and training programmes
Find out more about the farm by watching this video!