FARM:shop is seeking sponsors and partners to make more of our ideas a reality.
Funding via sponsorship will be used to: - Build a commercial cafe - a key aspect of achieving commercial sustainability for the project - Extend the projects life to one or more years - Support the capital cost of London's First Commercial Aquaponics System - Contribute to fundibng the community outreach and education
We are currently offering the following sponsorship opportunities: - Lead sponsor - Event sponsor - 2 /3 remaining - Gold sponsor - 4/5 remaining - Patrons
Read on for sponsorship benefits:
*************************FARM:shop LEAD SPONSOR OPPORTUNITY***********************************
After the success of SHUNT, the Dalston Mill and Frank's Cafe - FARM:shop is set to become London's next 'talked about' venue.
It provides an exceptional sponsorship opportunity for a business looking to engage with East London's design and sustainability community and trend-forming residents.
FARM:shop brings farming to the centre of the city. Working in partnership with Hackney council, we are transforming 20 Dalston Lane, a derelict shop, into an urban farm, gallery and cafe. Indoors and out we are growing as much food as we can; salad, herbs and vegetables in hydroponic and aquaponic arrays, mushrooms in a darkened room, ‘catch your own’ ﬁsh ponds, laying hens on the roof, weaners and veg in the garden. FARM:Shop visitors will be introduced to the innovation, fun and promise of old and new urban farming techniques. It will be a living breathing statement about how we could be feeding our cities. Through a series of experiments, workshops and thought leadership events we will back that statement up. Doers and thinkers from the neighbourhood and beyond will be invited to FARM:Shop to tell their own food stories and share practical, applicable learning about how to design sustainable and resilient urban food systems. FARM:Shop’s audience is broad. We will engage visitors, young and old, in fun and practical ways; hands on food growing, a mushroom laden cinema and bread making. Through our agrarian partner Church Farm we will build direct links with surrounding neighbourhoods to farms and farming with the shop also selling produce from local farms and artisans. When FARM:shop will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, opening in September 2010 and running initially until January 2011.
From July - September 2010 the space will be designed with volunteers and the community - ready for the grand opening on 26th September, the Harvest Festival.
Many hands make light work and we are currently conﬁrming partners and collaborators who can help realise FARM:shop’s full potential. With the right people and resources we can deliver a project which makes a stronger statement, with more lessons learned for the future. We have already secured the minimum resources we need to make FARM:shop happen. At the very least, we will open the shop Thursday to Sunday every week from 17th July to the 26th September, with at least one event a week and larger events for mid-summer (opening) and the Harvest festival (closing). In the coming days and weeks we will determine exactly what we can make happen, and how it can be resourced. FARM:shop is already getting noticed. The project was selected from many applicants to be part of the Hackney Empty Shops Initiative and is featuring in the Create10 festival. The project has already received interest and support from The Times, the BBC and independent television producers. We have established strong links with networks and organisations involved in urban agriculture and local food. In return for help with resourcing, expertise and specialist kit, we can offer an unparalleled opportunity to engage both a specialist and a lay audience in how we feed our cities. FARM:shop will become a talked about destination which offers a unique space to trial new systems and disseminate new ideas and initiatives.