We’re working to improve access to home-grown food and promote healthy eating with local produce.
The Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme has allowed the Farm to set up a cafe, shop and community kitchen for food education classes and use by local groups.
Our Local Food Fund project includes a weekly Farmers’ Market for people from the local area and beyond to buy healthy and affordable food.
The project team is cultivating Urban Farms – ten new areas for growing food on unused spaces around Tower Hamlets.
There are new raised beds to grow fruit and vegetables around the borough, including at a hospital with the Specialist Addiction Unit at Mile End, the Idea Store at Whitechapel and homes at Hawthorn Green Care Home, Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest, with sheltered housing for older people at the Mosque Tower, part of the East London Mosque.
We’ve even set up growing spaces on the roof of the Salvation Army’s Booth House Lifehouse.
Our Urban Farmers take care of these spaces so we can help more people make locally-grown food accessible and affordable. We give priority to unemployed people to be Urban Farmers, offer expert training and supply plants to aid journeys back into employment.
Back on the Farm, food production is doubling, opening up dozens of new volunteering opportunities. We’re also selling our own meat for the first time from our sheep, goats and pigs.
We’ll be showcasing the Local Food project during Urban Food Fortnight with special events, meals, tours, talks and visits to our Urban Farm sites.