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Artist Charlotte Anderson depicts students from Ravensbourne University creating a film of Our Heritage Roots project

As well as our core activities – maintaining the animals and vegetable gardens where you can get close to nature – the farm carries out various projects that deliver further services, develop our ability to deliver services, improve the local environment, enhance community cohesion, act as a hub of social enterprise, and create greater financial independence.

The projects we run are largely determined by the particular interests of staff and response to need in the community.

30th Anniversary!

Hackney City Farm is celebrating 30 vibrant years in E2,by co-creating an interactive mapped walk to highlight significant local places in the community.

Stepping Out – Celebrating Hackney City Farm is an Arts Council funded project seeking local volunteers to help create an exhibition exploring the Farm’s ongoing story – from derelict land to thriving hub.

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Intergenerational

The work brings older and younger generations together at the Farm, building relationships between people who live and learn in the same community.

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Ourmala

Ourmala is a UK registered charity that helps refugee and asylum-seeking women living in London find strength and hope through yoga and move on with their lives..

Support Ourmala here.

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Beekeeping

Bees play a vital role in our food system. We have a few beehives which give us lovely local honey and which we use for teaching visitors about beekeeping.

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Haggerston Orchard Project

Now in it’s fourth year, the Haggerston Orchard is now a thriving food production site, run on permaculture principles, set in nearby Haggerston Park. It is maintained by volunteers.

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Our Heritage Roots

7th April 2016 saw the launch of Hackney City Farm’s – Our Heritage Roots online archive.

http://www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk/roots

This Lottery funded project has created resources covering Hackney City Farm’s history and heritage.

Guests were invited to attend the opening exhibition, hosted in the Straw Bale Resource, where they had the opportunity to be inspired by local speakers, map their fondest memories of Hackney, and view sketches drawn by local Hackney artists. Children (and adults!) were also involved in a variety of interactive activities, including pottery, spinning and painting, a tour of the farm heritage and new website demonstration.

A healthy lunch was provided, including a delicious cake, specially made by the chefs at the farm’s Frizzante Café, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

The new website provides a wealth of easily accessible information that shows how Hackney City Farm has brought together a community and is truly ingrained into the fabric of E2.

During the launch event, the original artefacts which were collated by volunteers over 7 months were handed over to Sian Mogridge, senior archivist at Hackney Archives, and can be accessed by contacting the archives in advance on 02083568925 or contact archives@hackney.gov.uk

And pick up your free map at the Farm to discover evidence of the past uses of 1a Goldsmiths Row, and some fascinating facts about how the local area to be.

Many thanks to project volunteer, Marc Dangas for his poster design above.

Special thanks to Maria, Majeeda and Lorna for their continuing volunteering on this project – great to have your brilliant skills for Hackney City Farm and this heritage project.

 

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