Student fim maker Adam-Lucas Pettit joined us at our May Day Festival and put together this five minute clip. This is the second time Adam has collaborated with us and we look forward to working with him in the future and wish him well for his exams. Click here. Adam and his fellow students have put together an incredible website for their exams called I'm An urban Farmer, take a look when you get the chance.
Thanks to everybody who helped out at the plant sale on Sunday. The sun shone and over 100 visitors came to buy plants and herbs of all varieties. The photograph shows Chris Heath (Education officer/gardener at the farm) and volunteer & expert gardener, Valerie Lilli, standing next to one of the plant stalls. The plant sale made a massive £350 - well done to everybody.
Food For Thought
The farms' annual May Day celebration was a great success with hundreds of visitors enjoying the sun and a wide array of activities. We raised a massive £1400. The day included the launch of our new 'Food For Thought' project led by Tricia Bojang, which is funded by The National Lottery and will include gardening and cookery sessions for local families.
We rely on volunteers to help run all our events. So a big thank-you to everybody who helped make May Day such a success. If you would like to get invoved please call Simone on 020 7916 5421 or e-mail email@example.com.
Marjorie, the Gloucester old spot pig who came to the farm in February, gave birth last week. We now have nine healthy piglets and they are worth dropping by to see if you can. There's a lot of activity at the farm this spring with seven new goat kids and over a hundred frogs in the pond.
New Farm Video
We have a new 5 minute video from I'm an Urban Farmer by student fim maker Adam-Lucas Pettit celebrating our first 40 years with our favourite farm stories and some unique footage past and present.
Marjorie The New Pig
On Saturday 9th Feb an expedition from the farm set out tothe dark heart of rural England searching for the elusive Gloucester old spot pig. After much trekking through the snowfields ofMiddlesex, Bucks, and Oxfordshire, and after bracing the arctic sub-zero wilds of High Wycombe, a pig was sighted near Stadhampton, a place so remote eskimos never venture there.
Contact was made with Mr Jason Carter, a chief of the Crazybear tribe and a pig was purchased in exchange for British money, and brought to civilization for public view. Come along and see the new pig. Her pedigree name is Crazybear Josephine 215, we know her as Marjorie. She is just over 14 months old, and is in pig. Here's a photo of her with one of her new neighbours.
Be Our Valentine
Postcards available at the farm. Cost £1
Two of our young volunteers spent a couple of Sunday afternoons putting together a new edition of our newsletter. Pop into the farm to pick up your copy.
As 2013 starts the farm came 3rd in the Kentishtowners 'Best For Families' 2012 Awards, describing us as 'an oasis of calm' and recommends the farm as a memorable location for childrens parties.
This year we raised over £1,300 at our Christmas fayre. Thanks to all the amazing support from volunteers and to everyone who came and made it such a success.
The final preparations to our Heritage Exhibition opening 17 December are being made by our fantastic team of volunteers.
Spooky activities and a story about Ghost soup acted out around the farm! Brilliant fun for under 7's. Special thanks to Di Bev. Albert, Joe and Ben for helping to create a drama. And to Trish for organising witchy activities.
Table Top Sale
Thanks to everyone for their support at our Table Top Sale. Special thanks to Gill and John, Trish and Anne for helping to set up and Ambrose for clearing up and recycling our unwanted goods. We raised £443! ! !
Apple Day Success
Despite the rain, hundreds of people turned up to support our 22nd Apple Day celebration. A big thank you to Gerry Weston and friends of the MapRA Harvesting group who stepped in at the last minute and donated four boxes of bramleys.There was a wide array ofhomemade cakes & bakes donated by our loyal supporters. We raised £880 for the farm and activities included face painting, apple printing and a tombola stall run by the farms fantastic team of volunteers.
Capel Manor festival 2012
The farm closed for the day and a group of young volunteers took part in Capel Manors' Annual Harvest Festival for London City Farms and Community Gardens. A few brave youngsters camped out for the night and helped cook 120 burgers at the barbeque. Our highlights of the weekend were the tug-of-war and the opportunity to make traditional farm tools with the Stepney Rural Arts group. Thanks to our gardeners we won first prize for the farms display of seasonal fruit and vegetables and third prize for the biggest pumpkin.
New Mural At Farm
Thanks to Kai, Lily, Graeme and Ashley who designed and created our new horse mural as a summer project. It can now be seen as you approach Gospel Oak on the overground and is placed at the back of the seating area of the riding school. The mural shows our four horses, Bailey, Jester, Champ and Murphy.
Monday Garden Club
Thanks to Daniella from Portugal who has volunteered in the last four weeks to work with young children as part of our summer project to prepare our cob garden for new planting.
'Champ' is our new addition to the farms' horse stock. He is a Welsh cob and his pedigree name is Ticorno Orlando, so Champ is a lot easier to remember! He is a class act and at 11 years old is in his prime. For the last few years he has been living in at Bicton College in Devon and we would like to thank Helen at Bicton for all her efforts and care of Champ. Thanks also to Amy, his owner, for bringing him to us. Welcome to the farm Champ!
Plant Sale Success
Recently we raised over £180 from our plant sale, with plants mainly grown by our pensioners gardening group. We were overwhelmed by the interest shown in growing your food and will be holding more plant sales in the future.
From the Horses Mouth
This year the farm is 40 years old and to celebrate a group of our very creative volunteers have produced an exciting and colourful new newsletter 'From the horses mouth'. Remember to pick up your copy when you visit the farm.
Mayday Festival Success
Despite the miserable weather, over 300 people enjoyed Mayday at the farm. The popular Mayday pole dance was led by our bagpipe playing Greenman whilst 'The Unknown Band' rocked the farmyard with favourites such as 'Moondance' and 'Mustang Sally'. Thank you to everyone who visited and special thanks to all our volunteers who made the day possible. We raised £1,100 which will go towards our Heritage target of £40, 000.
Over the Easter holidays the farm took a group of 15 young people to Lambourne End Activity Centre for three days of mud, rain and sleeping under canvas. We had a great time!
Calves and Spring Lambs
Two calves, Peachy and Tom, went to Thame Market early on Friday 2nd March. Prices were good on the day and we got £1,125 for the pair. They were sold as 'store' cattle to another farmer who will keep them for the coming year. Shirley, the heifer (pictured), is being kept and we may breed from her at about 18 months of age, to calf approximately at two & a half years. Like us, cows are pregnant for nine months.
Come and visit the lambs and see them enjoying the spring. Lucky, the Jacob Cross ewe, lambed twins on Monday 26th, February and Wilty, the Wiltshire, lambed twins, two days later. Buttercup, also a Wiltshire, gave birth to a large single lamb in the top field few days later. John, the stockman, only had to assist with one of the births. We now have seven lambs in total.
You can now give to the farm through BT
MyDonate. This is a not-for-profit, online fundraising service for UK charities from BT. This service provides a secure, easy-to-use way to raise or donate money.
New Farm Video
We have a great new 5 minute video at I'm an Urban Farmer by student fim maker Adam-Lucas Pettit celebrating our 40 year history with some unique footage and favourite farm stories.
You can view all the farms videos on You Tube by clicking on the picture of the ducks This includes videos by four of our fantastic volunteers, Ava, Lauren, Megan and Sadie and a lovely video by Peter Corrigan.
We also have a wonderful short film about the farm made by Media Trust in partnership with City Bridge in April this year.