Cardross Estate is delighted to support a great local crowdfunding initiate from Gartur Stitch Farm, namely GOat FUND ME . Since Kat Goldin and Kevin Harrison moved to Gartur Farm, situated within Cardross Estate, 5 years ago, they wanted to share their experience of smallholding with people who were looking to connect with where their food comes from.
The funds raised from GOat FUND ME will help to expand and upgrade their farm experience and event business. Their visitors will participate in experiences, workshops and retreats that explore, through talks, tours and on-line classes, the hands on elements of regenerative farming and smallholding. This will allow visitors to connect modern day life and its requirements to activities practiced for 100s of years on Scottish crofts and small holdings across the country.
Through this fundraising initiative which has already raised more than £10,000, Kat and Kevin will further enhance visitors experiences by converting a barn into a multi-purpose “wet” space to accommodate goat and cow milking, cooking and natural dyeing, whilst also upgrading accessibility for all and offering an all weather facility for visitors.
Their extensive events and experiences will include hosting groups for “Meet the Goat” or one of their very popular sourdough workshops in the farm studio or even a fibre-related weekend retreat focusing on natural dyeing, or crochet and knitting. They also run online classes teaching sourdough baking, fermentation, soap making and spoon carving to people all over the world.
As Kat says “We call it ‘regenerative farming by stealth’, folks come to learn to make bread or cuddle cute animals, but we use it as an opportunity to talk about where food comes from and the power of making and doing yourself”
Everyone at Cardross Estate wishes Kat and Kevin every success and are looking forward to all the new exciting developments!