• Education  Education comes from experiences, training, interaction and understanding.  Education programmes often refer to ‘The Three Rs’ Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, a phrase coined by Sir William Curtis MP in c1825.  However, in an earlier speech Sir William had actually referred to The Three Rs as:
  1. Reading and writing
  2. Reckoning and figuring
  3. Wroughting and Wrighting.

The experience of wroughting and wrighting are old English terms referring to practical skills and the ability to make something.  We believe that these skills remain hugely necessary – yet somewhat lacking – in modern education.

  • Children & Young People  Include those during:
    • primary and secondary school;
    • college or university students;
    • breaks between study; or
    • entry into a first job.
  • Sustainable food, growing and farming  Food produced sustainably provides enough food to meet current needs while supporting healthy ecosystems and healthy communities, social equity and affordability today and into the future.
  • Food  Includes anything that we eat or drink for pleasure, nutrition and sustenance.
  • Growing  The entire cycle of cultivation:  Soil care, ground preparation, seeding, propagating, nurturing, cropping and processing.  The understanding of soil organisms, pests-predator relationships and pollinators, which are so integral to the success or failure of sustainable food systems.
  • Countryside  We are not constraining our focus to arable and livestock husbandry.  The rural landscape is a dynamic place with many interdependent relationships that create its stability; from rural crafts such as dry-stone walling to the essential ecological services of beekeeping.
  • Green-field, pioneering projects  We want to help break down barriers and grow into new territories.  This may be the extension of an existing project into a new area, or an entirely original concept.
  • Core costs and salaries that relate to a project only  Our funds are unable to support core costs and salaries related to other projects (not supported by the Daylesford Foundation) and the general running of the organisation.
  • Commercial projects  We encourage enterprise which is economically viable, as well as socially and environmentally stable.  Therefore we may want to explore alliances with social business enterprises, cooperatives and Community Interest Companies.  However, the primary role of our support must not be commercial.
  • Grants to individuals  We actively encourage the assembly of implementing partners.  An individual or group that is not set up as a charity should consider how delivery may be achieved by partnering with a registered charity.
  • Leadership Development  Developing skills, confidence and knowledge amongst the trainers, teachers and leaders of our future generations.
  • Educational Assistance  Providing resources to achieve educational outcomes; for instance physical tools, learning materials, seeds and plants, or mentors and guidance.
  • Awareness Building  Promoting initiatives, campaigning and enthusing communities to engage in food, growing and the countryside.
  • Developing Access  Allowing the educational impacts to cascade beyond the classroom and into communities, careers and market stalls.