Farmyard open Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00–16:30

Support us



Help pay for the care of the farm animals and support this well loved community space. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

Just £15 can cover the costs of feeding one chicken for six months. While £30 makes it possible to feed growing piglets and their mum for a whole month.

Leave a legacy

There is no greater gift to younger generations than a place full of opportunities and wonder. At Hackney City Farm we pride ourselves on nurturing young people and caring for nature.

If you want to support a brighter future for young people in Hackney in your will please contact us to arrange a meeting.

Support the animals

With your support we can continue to care for and keep the animals fit and healthy for all to enjoy! All the big animals cost £350 a year. 

If you would like to make a smaller contribution, you can support one of the smaller animals for £65 a year. 

Donations go towards the upkeep of the animals, for example, feed, bedding, vet bills, farrier, electricity, water, maintenance and fencing.
Support the animals

TEAM volunteering

Arranged for groups wanting to make a big difference in a day. Help improve the local environment, support the farm and build team spirit. There is a whole range of things for you and your team to do around the Farm that will bring you together and help us out too. Tasks include pond-building, painting, mucking out, constructing compost heaps, gardening and tree planting.

This could be as a rewarding day out or as part of a longer term relationship with the Farm to develop and contribute to the community.

Previous teams include:

– Adobe
– Bank of England
– NBC Universal
– Accenture
– Chubb
– Salesforce
– Dentsu
– Starling Bank
– Monica Vinader
– Aegon

– Nomura International Plc
– Next door
– Unifrog
– Shirazcreative
– Columbia Threadneedle Investments
– Monster Energy
– Hackney Volunteer Centre
– James Hambro & Partners
– Spencer Rose
– Buzzacott
– Garp

– Savanta
– Guy Carpenter
– Informa
– Plaid Ltd
– Botify
– Yondr Group
– Robert Walters
– Enstar
– LexisNexis
– Peters & Peters [Solicitors]
– Institute of Government

All team action days include an element of doing and learning, covering:

  • Pond digging
  • Gate painting
  • Fence repairing
  • Stable building
  • Mucking out
  • Seed sowing
  • Garden watering
  • Plant mulching
  • Compost turning
  • Leaf raking
  • Beekeeping
  • Tree planting, to name a few.

How much time we spend doing versus learning about farming and the outdoors can be adapted to each group.

We are a working farm and you will be expected to be aware of hazards and look after your health and safety and those of the people around you. We will give you a full health and safety briefing when you arrive at the Farm. The main risks to be aware of are working with tools and bacterial infection. To minimise these risks please:

  • use the tools in the way instructed,
  • work within your limits,
  • do not eat or drink in the farmyard or around the muck heaps, and
  • wash your hands and shoes once you have finished working.

We work outdoors in all weather so please wear old clothes that will keep you warm and dry and that you don’t mind getting dirty. You will need to bring suitable footwear for working outdoors, we recommend wellies or sturdy boots. We have work gloves for you to use or you can bring your own gardening gloves.

There are several cafes near the Farm that you can get food and drinks from or you are welcome to bring your own.

We ask for a small contribution to the running of the farm. As a registered community charity we rely on donations to feed the animals and support vulnerable people from our local area.

For a full day we ask for £50/person and £35/person for a half day.

We love it when people come back year after year to see the animals grow and the seasons change in the gardens.

Let us know if you want to develop a longer term partnership with Hackney City Farm such as sponsoring a project.

“Staff from the Bank of England have enjoyed volunteering at Hackney City Farm for many years to help contribute to the positive impact the farm has on the community and local environment.”
Lisa Easthope, Business Services, Bank of England

Funders &

We would like to thank all our donors, volunteers and friends whose contribution to our farm really makes a difference.

Thank you to:

– The Big Lottery Fund
– City Bridge Trust
– London Borough of Hackney
– Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity
– Hoxton Cidersmiths
– Bowyer-Pounds and Co
– Heritage Lottery Fund

– Arts Council England
– The Learning Trust
– Stonewall Park Charitable Trust
– Downwell Demolition
– Worshipful Company of Woolmen
– Lesbians & Gays Support Livestock
– Robert Freeman

– Robert Rider
– Sophie Pawson
– Zoe Holder
– Tom Curtis
– Ben Firshman
– Daniel Bower @ HOOP
– many significant anonymous donors.

Also thank you to all volunteers who help us with the shop, garden, animals, on the board, maintaining the place, pottery and much, much more.

Want to volunteer?

We are always grateful for additional help at the farm, let us know if you can lend a hand. For more information, please contact

Want to volunteer?