LOVE Learning CEO Lynn Bell

EDINBURGH’S urban farm is marking the beginning of a new era as it launches a new range of educational and corporate services only two weeks after opening the site back to the public.

LOVE Gorgie Farm, on the former Gorgie City Farm site, will offer a wide variety of activities for businesses such as acting as a venue for corporate gatherings and training events. The farm will also be rented as a venue for community events and fundraiser parties.

Operated by education and social care charity LOVE Learning, most activities on the farm will nurture the organisation’s mission and consequently relate to education and social care.

As such, the farm will also offer animal volunteer sessions for people with additional support needs, hold animal care and animal handling activities, provide “farm to fork” workshops and use its education centre to impart its accredited training programmes.

The urban farm is also organising corporate sponsorship packages to help fund the animals and the farm. Interested sponsors will be able to choose from a wide range of options like animal sponsorship, event packages and corporate bundles.

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE Learning said:

“Now that the farm is back and running, we want to make sure we provide a wide range of activities that the community enjoys and ensure that we are financially sustainable, delivering enough funds to successfully run the farm.

“By offering corporate and educational services, we will make sure that LOVE Gorgie Farm becomes more than an urban farm but rather a social hub with strong environmental credentials that welcomes all members of the community.

“Aside from these new services, we are looking to launch sponsorship deals for people and businesses who want to be more involved and support the farm through their generous donations.”

To the general public, the farm remains open seven days a week and it is free to visit, though donations are encouraged