When you have three small children and work long hours, sometimes you crave a change. So, you quit your jobs and buy a potato field in the middle of Friskney. For 11 years you try to live the Good Life and then life takes a very different turn!
In 2010 we made links with HMP North Sea Camp and an idea started to form. Peter’s Eden Farm became a volunteer placement for prisoners at the end of their sentence and we saw some dramatic changes. We began to realise that we took for granted could make a real difference to people!
One Sunday night, whilst watching Countryfile, we stumbled upon Care Farming. We did the appropriate CEVAS training and, as luck would have it, we were approached by an education centre who were looking for a farm site in Lincolnshire; after many months of discussions, the contract fell through. So the only option was to go it alone.
The Managed Care Network
At a meeting of the CCG in Skegness, armed with leaflets about our new venture, we were approached by the Managed Care Network, asking if we were looking for funding. A few months later we were given the go ahead and The Askefield Project was born!