Going through my Project Life album this weekend I discovered a photo taken on Halloween weekend where we visited Hackney City Farm. It was a rather nice day out and I had meant to blog about it, but never quite got round to it, so here it is now for you. There’s a couple of good pictures in there.
We like visiting our city farms. We have been to Spitalfields more times than I can remember and had a lovely day out in Surrey Docks farm almost a couple of years ago (doesn’t time fly? Etc, etc). Hackney is really easy to get to from where we are, a ride on the train to Cambridge Heath Overground station and then a hop, skip and jump along Hackney Road. Although the farm backs onto Haggerston Park, it is surrounded unsurprisingly by construction works everywhere and feels rather closed in. It is a deprived area quickly being gentrified, but the farm seems to be very much part of the local population with many events and veg box schemes. While we were there a Halloween party was taking place (hence Betsy’s costume).
There are rather a lot of farm animals, pigs, sheep and a lovely donkey among them, along with a barm full of smaller animals including rabbits. The stars during our visit though were the free range chickens, unafraid of the children running around. It feels like a very small farm, Spitalfields feels bigger, but it has buckets of charm. It is also very obviously in much need of cash to keep running, so if you visit donate as much as you can!
There also happens to be a secret garden. It’s not actually secret, but not a lot of people come in there and it really was an oasis. There’s a wildlife pond and a huge amount of veg grown here (some of which is used in the on-site cafe) as well as the odd fairy door hidden away.
Sheep fleece from the farm’s own animals are used as hanging basket liners. Clever!
The farm is definitely worth a visit. It’s free entry, but donations received. The cafe serves good food and the breakfasts and brunches looked delicious (we had a cake which was amazing).
We need to visit more city farms this year! I think Vauxhall should be next on out list, but do you know of any city farms that are worth visiting?