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Spital fields City Farm

A farm in the heart of East London

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This farm is one of three in the East London area that were started in the 1970’s. Since the early days it seems to have come on in leaps and bounds, and although volunteer run, provides a valuable education experience for local children. The City Farm was awarded a grant from National Heritage (but still needs your help) and has been working on the Back Yard Farming Project in conjunction with the Museum of London. This project culminated in 2007. The following article shows the visit I made there in 2006, and a few of the changes that had taken place on a return visit in 2007. The changes were mainly due to land having been used by the owners Railtrack, causing new areas to be set up in their place. City Farm photo album >>

I turned green!

Have a walk round the farm

My late wife and I took a walk round the farm during it’s annual festival in September 2006, and it made a pleasant change from the usual Sunday afternoon. I only have a small garden but seeing all this "green" organic activity I decided to do my bit for the environment and bought a plastic compost bin. It’s slightly bigger than a household dustbin, and they were on sale for a fiver. So now, as well as separating our rubbish for recycling, I also recycle the old tea bags, grass cuttings, potato peelings and banana skins by turning them into next years compost. It fits unobtrusively into a corner of the garden. I'm still using it years later and have managed to fill it up a few times.

If you want to have a look around the farm you will find it at the back of Brick Lane in Underwood Road. Or you can turn off of Valance Road into it. Parking didn’t seem to be a problem, as the Lane had finished trading. If you have to travel a long way it might be best to combine a visit with Brick Lane market or Columbia Road flower market, or both, as unless you get involved with the running of the farm a visit is not likely to take up more than an hour or two. It was a bright September day when we went there, so it might be worth your while making enquiries about tours during the winter months.

Support your local farm

Become a ‘Friend’ of the farm:
The aim of The Friends is to increase awareness of Spitalfields City Farm and encourage the local community, as well as nearby boroughs, to become more involved with the Farm.
The group will help to raise funds through Friends’ own money-raising events such as coffee mornings, book sales, pub quizzes etc., as well as to assist the Farm in its own fundraising activities.
Regular social meetings will be held to discuss how to promote the Farm.
Friends are needed to:
To increase the awareness of Spitalfields City Farm
To encourage the local and neighbouring community to become involved in the Farm
To raise funds for the Farm and organise specific fund raising events
To organise events that bring together members of Friends of the Farm
To promote ethnic and cultural activities and events to suit the community
To encourage sponsorship and donations
To help bring a bit of countryside to the inner-city
To keep all Friends of the Farm up-to-date throughout the year
with all information about the Farm with regular issues of its Newsletter
Make A Donation
The farm only exists because of the support of it’s visitors, community sponsors and funding bodies.
You can also sponsor an animal, or become a volunteer at the farm. Their web site can be found at http://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

Spitalfields City Farm