Down on the (city) farm
We’re very proud of our Edinburgh roots here at FreeAgent. Not only is it where our company founders first started developing the first FreeAgent prototype and where we still have our headquarters, but it’s also the city that many of our team members call home.
As Edinburgh has been so good to us over the past eight years, we’ve been really keen to try and give something back to the city - not just through fundraising or charitable donations (although we’re certainly partial to trying everything from charity bake-offs to gruelling endurance challenges), but by getting out and doing something to help the local community.
That’s why a dozen or so of us recently left the comfy confines of FreeAgent Towers to help with some manual labour down among the pigs and sheep at Gorgie City Farm, an awesome little charity right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Gorgie City Farm has been a fixture of community life in Edinburgh for the past 30 years and it’s a fantastic place to check out if you’re ever in the area. Based in the heart of the city and free for the public to visit, it’s more than just a fun attraction: it’s a working farm that rears pigs, sheep, chickens and goats, grows crops and runs a bucketload of education courses to teach adults and kids about farming and food production.
We were thrilled to be able to go down for the day and help out by constructing new chicken enclosures and re-painting the farm’s main stable block. We also loved having the opportunity to find out a little more about the farm and all of the amazing community work that it does. If you'd like to see more pictures of our team in action (and some of the lovely animals at the farm), check out our photo album on Facebook!
If you’re interested in helping out an awesome charity that does something a little different, please visit Gorgie City Farm’s website. And if you’re an Edinburgh-based charity in need of volunteers to help - or you’d like to nominate a good cause - just leave a comment or drop us a line with more information. We’d love to help.
- Business basics: how to price your freelance work
- Home truths: 10 things everyone who works from home knows
- Leave the laptop at home - a day with FreeAgent Mobile
- Introducing CIS subcontractor support
- 8 things to do before taking on your first employee