Friday, 10 May 2019

Stepney City Farm

Until a few week's ago I'd never heard of Stepney City Farm; when I stumbled across it whilst researching places to visit in London, a quick Google made me realise how central it was located (on the District/Hammersmith & City Line, one stop up from Whitechapel!) and I was soon making plans on getting a visit in. I'd made a comment to Brad about how we've not been to a zoo or farm for ages, and I'd linked in a way through activities in my CBT sessions that I enjoyed spending time with animals and how good animals can be for mental health so when I noticed we had a few hours spare in London after an appointment last week, we headed east for an afternoon with the animals! 
What stood out massively from the moment you entered the farm was how much of a community based farm this was. There were crowdfunder's highlighted on the wall, a colourful children's play area and a quiet, open space lined with picnic benches in the heart of the farm. 
There was a huge emphasis on plants and growing at Stepney; there were poly tunnels full of different growing vegetables & a varied herb garden. There were plants for sale as you exited the farm and you could also pay for your own allotment within the farm too! 
There was a rogue chicken which had us reminded of the film Chicken Run! 
I loved the pigs section of the farm - the teacher in me loved the painted questions and information by the pens - on the schools & teachers section of their website has information on workshops & visits, including curriculum links and around the farm, they had a Literacy trail which I thought was a brilliant idea! 
The chocolate baby goats were my absolute favourites!
I found it so odd how this farm felt so rural, yet you could still see the London skyline too! 
I honestly wouldn't hesitate to go back and visit Stepney City Farm. They have so much going on too including a weekly farmers market, dementia sessions, arts & crafts, stories, open volunteering sessions and even a monthly craft beer night! 
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