FAQs

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When is the Farm open?

The Farm is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Sunday.

It is closed on Monday, except for Bank Holiday Mondays.

When is the cafe open?

9.30am to 2.30pm Wednesday - Friday

10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Last orders for cooked meals at 3pm.

How much does it cost to visit?

The Farm is free to visit.

Which animals live on the Farm?

Jacob sheep, large Black and Saddleback-cross pigs, Toggenberg goats, chickens, ducks, quails, geese, donkeys, ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits.

What can I do on the Farm?

You can visit and feed the animals, enjoy healthy home-cooked and local produce in our cafe and join in workshops, watch experts at work at our Rural Arts Centre or take in an exhibition. There are special visits from musicians and yoga classes: keep an eye on the website for details.

Free, family-friendly Crafty Saturdays on the first Saturday of the month, and other courses available periodically: keep an eye on our website for details.

Popular courses to date have included keeping urban chickens, permaculture, mushroom-growing, solar-panel construction and a guide being published for writers.

Can I volunteer at the Farm?

We welcome new volunteers and offer expert training where appropriate.

You can help with gardening, animal care, office administration and fundraising, communications, education, with school groups and young volunteers

The Farm would not function without its volunteers. Committees make many decisions about Farm policies and day to running. You may like to consider joining a committee if you’d like to play a greater role in running the Farm.

Do you accept corporate volunteers?

Yes; we get very good feedback from our corporate groups, whose help is always
appreciated.

Can schools get involved?

Yes. We have two Education Officers who work closely with local schoolchildren. The Farm is rapidly becoming an extra classroom for many of our local schools.

Can I have a children’s party at the Farm?

Yes. For more details, visit our birthday parties page

Can I sponsor an animal?

We don’t offer animal sponsorship. We welcome you to become a ‘Friend of the Farm’.

Is the Farm a registered charity?

Yes. Our number is 1136448.

How is the Farm funded?

Most funding is from grant-giving organisations and donations from generous visitors and supporters. We’re working towards increasing self-sufficiency but always welcome any help to keep the Farm free to visit.

I want to make a donation. How can I do this?

Thank you. All donations are gratefully received and even a small donation can really help us.

Donation box
Support our shop
Paypal
Text payments

Where can I find the latest Farm news?

If you’d like to receive our regular newsletter, please contact communications@stepneycityfarm.org

Stay up to date via twitter, facebook, pinterest and tumblr

Who runs the Farm?

A Board of Trustees holds ultimate responsibility for decision-making and ensuring the
Farm meets its charitable objectives, conforms to charity law and complies with Charity Commission regulations.

Day to day running is carried out by staff and volunteers, with operational responsibility by a Farm Director.

Committees comprising staff and volunteers oversee decision-making for animal management, communications, fundraising, finance, gardening and the Rural Arts Centre. These committees ensure that they meet the requirements of the Farm’s business plan, which is been drawn up in collaboration between staff and volunteers.

Are some Farm animals used for meat?

Yes. Meat from our goats, pigs and sheep is sold once a year. It is an important principle of the Farm to practise and demonstrate humane farming and to teach children about where meat comes from.

This is also an important way in which we are becoming more self-sufficient, so that we can continue to keep animals for everyone to enjoy.

What other produce does the Farm sell?

Eggs – chicken, duck, goose and quail – and seasonal fruit and vegetables are available from our Farm Shop. Our produce is popular: arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Who should I contact for media enquiries ?

Please contact Communications communications@stepneycityfarm.org or call 020 7790 8204

How is the Farm connected to other city farms and growing organisations?

We belong to the Federation of City Farms and Gardens and are members of the Capital Growth network. We meet periodically, including visits to the Capel Manor show
each September.

What’s the building work on the Farm?

Crossrail are on site to build ventilation shafts This requires temporarily occupying Farm land. On completion this will revert to the Farm.  In return for this, Crossrail have funded improvements to fencing and buildings and funded our new barn and Rural Arts Centre.

How long has the Farm been here?

The Farm was first established by local people in 1979 as Stepping Stones Farm. The Farm changed management in 2009 and was required by the Charity Commission to change its name.

Does the Farm sell live animals?

We sell guinea pigs in pairs. Look out for seasonal sales of chickens, ducks and geese for laying or cooking.

Can I donate an unwanted animal?

No. New animals can endanger our existing animals by passing on infections.

Can I get an allotment?

Our 64 allotments are all taken by eligible local people. Our waiting list is closed at present as it is very long. However, we constantly review allotment use and take people off the current waiting list as appropriate.

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