It looks like we’re going to reach our target! What next?

So, it looks like we’ll reach our £38,000 target in the next few minutes! Words are really not enough to convey how mind-blowing and exciting this is, but there are still 30 days of this crowdfunder to go, and a lot longer of the campaign to keep our community and our homes. The question everybody is asking is:

What happens if you raise more than £38,000!

So.

There are a whole host of projects that have been planned for a long time, that have been waiting for funds in order to begin them. Chief among these is the MoreFood project… Below are some artists impressions

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MoreFood – A local food growing and demonstration garden project

We’ll be writing more about this in the days to come, along with our continuing series of posts about life in the woods and the perks available via the crowdfunder.

In brief, the aims of the project, first envisaged in 2011 are:

To contribute to a long-term increase in local small-scale food production that is

  • self-sustaining
  • cost-effective
  • appropriate to the climate, soil and status of Dartmoor National Park and Devon
  • and will enable local communities to mitigate, and adapt to, climate change.

To do so, it will:

  • demonstrate sustainable, temperate climate food growing applicable to Dartmoor and resilient to climate change
  • educate and disseminate information about wildlife, the environmental consequences of food production and resource use in an interesting and experiential manner
  • empower individuals and families to grow their own food using techniques that are relevant to their resources and scale.
  • Enabling accessibility is key to the last objective, so the project will also aim:
  • to be accessible and enabling to those with limited mobility
  • to be accessible to low-income families and individuals
  • to be easily and safely accessible on foot and bicycle
  • to challenge social exclusion by offering free and low-cost opportunities for skill-sharing and education that are not always open to all
  • to accommodate groups and families
  • to offer opportunities for volunteering, networking, and community building
  • to demonstrate the potential of community involvement.

But, what if you lose the appeal?

Yes, that’s on our minds too! If we lose the appeal, whatever happens, we’ll need a very large fund for campaign costs and contingency plans. Rest assured, we’ll do our best to avoid this outcome, but we have to think of it.

Thank you all so much – we’re quite exhausted and frayed with nerves and tiredness right now, but we are utterly overwhelmed by your support.

Keep spreading the word, keep sending us messages, keep striving for a better world for us all, together.


Remember, you can watch our new film and read all about our project and the current situation over here at the crowdfunder page.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support – we cannot do it without you!

3 thoughts on “It looks like we’re going to reach our target! What next?”

  1. I would like to suggest that if you raise a lot more than you need you earmark this money to help buy another piece of land and support another project with another small group like yourselves.

    You will have paved the way in terms of the planning fight and what you learn from this can also be passed on to any new small community you support.

    It will take many tribes to create a new nation of tribes to replace the capitalist system that has made dysfunctional robots of us all.

    I would like to see small projects like these spring up all my over the country and am trying to get support locally for something similar to happen in flood plain fields just outside of my little town of Bognor Regis.

    Don’t allow yourselves to get caught up in all of the media attention. Keep your heads down and fight your battle to preserve what you have already achieved. It’s enough.

    I am so happy you got your lawyers fees together so you can now put all of your energy into winning this small victory for us all.

  2. Not sure why Dartmoor National Park has taken this stance after 16yrs!
    There own website includes the following statement:- “In pursuing these statutory National Park purposes we also have a “socio-economic duty” to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities within the National Park.”
    Wishing you every success with your appeal, stay positive and good luck!

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