HOOF Campaign Statement
Kentish Town City Farm staff and trustees took the opportunity of Apple Day on Sunday 27 October to thank the local community and visitors for their support during the recent campaign for the future of the Farm.
“An enormous thank you to each and every one of you who supported the staff and friends in the recent HOOF – Hands Off Our Farm – campaign to save Kentish Town City Farm.”
We were campaigning to save all the services, staff jobs and the future direction of the Farm. So many of you came and talked about your concerns, supported the staff, shared our fury and told us again and again how much you loved the Farm and how much it meant to you – THANK YOU.
- All staff jobs were saved
- All farm services continue
- We received a very generous donation which has helped support the Farm operations and maintain animal care.
- All our programmes will continue so we can keep providing services to the local community.
Your support meant so much to us in the struggle to restore the management of KTCF to the hands of local people who share our values. We couldn’t have done it without you.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Camden New Journal and especially Tom Foot for following, reporting and supporting the campaign and spreading the word.
We’ve been busy since July – a new board of Trustees is now in place, mostly people who live locally, several of whom have been involved with KTCF for many years and together have a wide range of experience to bring to the Farm.
We achieved a harmonious hand over from old to new trustees. The Farm needed stability and to have in place a team who could cement relationships with current funders and quickly start to generate new income. Our first task was to appoint a new Director. The Board of Trustees took advice that an open recruitment for a new Director was the ideal but that a business case for recruiting Rachel Schwartz, former Director and Chair of the Farm with an abundance of other proven qualifications could be argued in the name of continuity and stability. Those consulted were Geoffrey Hand a respected advisor on issues of governance to charities; Kevin Nunan from Voluntary Action Camden and Lisa Charalambous from Community Services, Camden Council. We were also informally advised that Camden Council would be pleased and reassured if Ms Schwartz were appointed such is her standing with them.
The job description was refined by the KTCF Board to include measures of competency. Rachel Schwartz was appointed after a rigorous process of interview which observed due diligence as required by the Charities Commission. The interview was conducted by a panel of three, her future Line Manager (Chair) and two other trustees with experience of recruitment and interview. The role offered has a six-month probationary period with assessment and monitoring against an agreed three-month plan for the Farm. This process was agreed and minuted at a Trustee Meeting on the 6th of August 2019 and Rachel was appointed and started work at the start of September.
The Board of Trustees is satisfied that proper protocol has been followed and trust the Farm has a bright and solid future under the stewardship of Ms Schwartz. Many of you will know Rachel from her involvement with KTCF.
We are working together to catch up, stabilise and plan for the future of KTCF.
We will be holding discussions with the local community and Farm users about the future.
Please keep visiting and supporting the Farm – we are here for everyone.
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