The plans for Spread Our Wings are very ambitious indeed; to grow turnover and profit, to increase the numbers of participants and prospective jobs created, expand markets, and develop a distribution system and online ecommerce trading. Growing knowledge and expertise is shared between the Spread Our Wings and Sir Grow-A-Lot projects, and Model Farm has been enabled to extend the reach of the communication of its organic, community driven ideals and practices. Biodiversity and conservation are core drivers, best practice in human and animal food production is pursued, and as always, those with disabilities and those from disadvantaged situations are fully and visibly integrated with the local community. This project leads by example. It’s certainly one to watch.
EnviroAbility sprung into action in its role as an enabler and the Spread Our Wings project was born. It’s now located at the Model Farm site (in Hildersley) which houses the Sir Grow-A-Lot project. A self-sustaining Social Firm enterprise is now being grown and other than Harvey, there are currently 5 volunteers working there, individuals with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and the long term unemployed. These volunteers are given a platform for self-development, for meeting others with a shared interest and becoming more independent. Developing these people’s skill-sets, abilities, self-esteem and confidence in active and challenging ways in an organic, natural environment is at the heart of the project. A wooden chalet at the farm acts as a staff room and production/packaging/storage facility and we’re improving disabled access to the site all the time.