Originally established to provide pastoral support for farmers and the agriculture sector, Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre has campaigned on agricultural policy issues since its inception in 1972.
In response to the foot & mouth outbreak in 2001, we set up the Addington Fund to provide financial support for victims of the crisis. The fund was so successful that it became an independent organisation, running in its own right, although we retain close links today.
As we are a small organisation we often act as a catalyst in solving a particular issue, spotting a problem through our links at grass roots level, starting a project to solve the issue and then setting that project up as an independent charity in its own right.
Aside from the Addington Fund, other examples of this include Care Farming UK – an initiative set up in partnership with Harper Adams University College, University of Essex and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens to promote the therapeutic use of farming, and the Farming Community Network, an organisation offering support to farming families in crisis. Both initiatives were started by Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre in response to problems faced by the rural community and now operate as successful independent charities.
Today, as much as ever before, we act as a voice for struggling farmers and campaign tirelessly on rural issues. We rely on our Germinate Ambassadors to help us do so. If you would like to support our rural campaigns, and add your voice to help others in need, please click here to register your interest and become an Ambassador today.