Words by Leila DeVito
Hattie Lloyd 11/02/21
Four legs good.
Two legs… also good.
If you’re heading to Islington, be sure to check out the community-driven Freightliners City Farm – so named because it started back in the 70s in an old goods yard, housing the animals in disused train carriages.
It’s really gone off the rails since… in a good way.
Now, it takes up a permanent 2.5 acre site in the middle of Islington, filled with gardens, vegetable patches, and animals – but first, let’s talk about the people.
Visitors can enjoy everything this great little place has to offer free of charge, although they do encourage donations. And whatever you can give is well worth it. The farm’s mission is to positively impact the local community – by sharing skills; giving locals the opportunity to see animals that are – by all accounts – pretty rare in the middle of a city; and by working with volunteers, including people with learning difficulties and mental health issues, who gain skills, confidence and health benefits from working at the farm.
Ok, back to the animals.
Living in a city is great, but who doesn’t want to spend time with sheep and pigs every now and then? There’s goats and cows and chickens – oh my – as well as some smaller furry friends to cosy up to. Throw in a farm shop, a great little cafe that serves a delicious range of vegetarian food and homemade cakes, plant sales and some beautifully kept gardens – you can’t go wrong.
Passionate about getting more people involved with growing their own food, they run a range of different activities and initiatives throughout the year.
Fun at the farm indeed.
NOTE: Freightliners City Farm is open to visitors every day except Tuesdays, and there’s no need to book ahead. You can find out more about what’s on HERE.
Freightliners City Farm | Sheringham Road, London, N7 8PF
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Sheringham Road, Highbury, N7 8PF
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