Our partnership – educational charity and working farm

What is organicARTS?

the educational charity involving you in creative farm based learning for a healthy future
organicARTS is an educational charity that promotes the arts and rural issues through educational visits and walks, classes, workshops, community projects, exhibitions and performances. These take place at West Town Farm and in the wider community.

Have a peep at what we have been doing!

Things have changed a bit though as this is from 2012!


Organic Arts from Scree TV on Vimeo.

Who are organicARTS?

organicARTS is run by a group of experienced educators and artists  who work in partnership with the farmer, Andrew Bragg. We are supported by a wide network of volunteers and a group of dedicated trustees.

Andy Bragg, the Farmer, says ..

educational charity farm based learning

Farming is a way of life, providing the food that we all need to eat and maintaining important skills, traditions and jobs. This organic farm produces mainly beef, plus smaller scale pork, potatoes, apples, squash and pumpkins.

We’re part of the Environmental Stewardship scheme, which provides government support for managing this traditional mixed farm to protect wildlife. It also supports educational access and I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the countryside and understand farming.

A farm based partnership!

organicARTS is based at West Town Farm in Ide. The farm is a working organic farm in a rural landscape on the edge of the Teignbridge boundaries and yet only 3 miles from Exeter. It has 160 acres all of which are accessible for visiting groups and individuals. In this sense it is a unique centre having an integrated approach involving the combination of a rural site involving the working farm with education and the arts.

Visit here for getting to West Town Farm. Please contact us before dropping in to check that we are there!!

organicARTS works in partnership with West Town Farm on a range of educational projects for all ages, abilities and groups! We have been hosting school visits for over 10 years. We began with just 6 visits a year and now offer 150 funded visits through the stewardship scheme. The farm has incredible range of locations including an old railway cutting, newly planted orchard, stream, meadows and woodland. We have a wide experience of working with groups from nursery, through primary and secondary up to college and beyond! Our work with the community sees us supporting adults who might be vulnerable through mental an physical health challenges. We work creatively with everyone!

The partnership between West Town and organicARTS allows a rich variety of opportunities. Our team of farmers, educators and artists enjoy creating bespoke experiences.

This year our visitors have, among other things, fed piglets, dug up clay and modeled with it, cooked leek soup over a fire, tracked badgers, discussed where food comes from, climbed straw bales, herded cattle, examined soil horizons, ridden in a pony chariot, learnt about farm stewardship and more. A farm is a fantastic place for education to take place and we have been very lucky to have the support of the Environmental Stewardship scheme in developing the resources we have.

How is our educational charity funded?

At present organicARTS has no core funding. We receive project funding from a variety of sources including:

Devon county council

 

Previous funders include:

Ecominds funding for educational charityDevon community Foundation Ide community shopThe Big Lottery Fundvodafone foundation ukThe Health LotteryLiterature WorksCo-op Membership community Fund

 

West Town Farm receives funding for educational visits through Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship scheme.

How can you support us?

We have a Friends membership for interested individuals and organisations click here for more information.

Making a donation

If you would like to support the work we do you can make a donation below.


Read our Annual Report

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