In 2018 the farm celebrates 40 years of farming in the heart of Islington however this year sustained funding pressures mean that we need to raise £30,000 to keep going and more to carry out essential renovation work. So we have launched our biggest local fundraising campaign for years - 5 ways to help.
The annual 5KM charity fun run for
Freightliners City Farm
Registrations are open for cowvspig 2018. This year as well as our individual runners we're looking to get a team challenge going. Could you be one of our 10 teams of 4 - 8 people from local businesses or groups who take up the challenge to raise £1000 (remember many of big companies have match funding for employees who raise funds for charity). We're looking for 10 teams to raise £10,000 going a long way to filling the £30,000 shortfall in income we need to fill this year.
Tuesday 13 - Friday 16 February
Open to all young people over 13 who live in Islington.
See What's on page for exciting hands on activities
Come and make your own personalised Christmas wreath using traditional crafts and techniques at our workshops on TUESDAY 12th December.
2 workshops 1.30 - 3pm and 6 – 7.30pm, £25, limited spaces, book in advance
Our Christmas celebration and fundraiser is on from 2pm – 9pm on the 12th.
Have a go at Christmas crafts, decorations or candle making. Activities from £1 to £5
Culpeper Choir: Winter Solstice Show! Including seasonal classics at 7.30pm
Meet Father Christmas £4
Win a raffle prize
The Café will be open for mulled wine and mince pies and hot drinks
Not to be outdone by her sister, Gwendolyn, who gave birth to the lovely Gretel in July, Gertrude has been modelling for Stephen Einhorn, the bespoke jewellery designer in Upper Street. The charm is available in different metals and Stephen will donate £10 to the Farm for every charm sold.
Lots of people from the Farm, staff and volunteers went to the Capel Manor City Harvest Festival in Enfield last weekend. City Farms and Community Gardens from across London organise the Festival - the site layout and set-up, a horticulture show marquee, an animal show on the showground, stands and activities from other organisations and plenty of activities for children and young people, as well as a camp for young people who help to set up the show. The general public visit the Show and enjoy seeing the animals and exhibits.
The Farm's staff and young volunteers took the animals and the displays to the venue on Friday evening, and camped overnight. Other volunteers and Farm supporters went by coach on the Saturday morning. It's a lot of work to enter and participate but it's good fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Next year is the Festival's 20th anniversary and so if you have any photos or information from previous years, please pass them on to us.
It's more about taking part than winning, but the Farm won
Overall prize for gardening entries
First for Emma Jones and a chicken (Young Handler)
First for Betony, Golden Guernsey Goat (Best Goat)
First for purple carrots(Most Unusual Looking Vegetable)
First (Large Mini Garden)
First and Second (Potted Annual)
Second (Best Goose)
Second and Third (Prepared Food Plate)
Second (Display of Seasonal Produce)
Second (Sweet Preserve)
Second Under16s and Over 16s (Tug of War)
Third (Potted Perennial)
Sixth (Best Chicken)
Sixth for Bramble, Golden Guernsey Goat (Animal with Most Character)
Special (Best Duck)
Freightliners Farm received the Best Community Garden Award in the Islington in Bloom Awards Ceremony at the Assembly Halls on 13 September.
At the London in Bloom Awards Show a week later, the Farm was Outstanding in the It's Your Neighbourhood Awards.
We are looking for a skilled, enthusiastic and committed treasurer to join the trustees to help Freightliners Farm to thrive and improve in delivering its mission at the heart of our urban community. If you're interested, please click here
On 30th September 2017...The farm will be taking part in the City Harvest Festival at Capel Manor College in Enfield. One of the highlights of our year, the show brings together City Farms and Community Gardens from across London in friendly competition. The show is open to the public and is a fun day out so please do come along and cheer us on. Find more details of the show here or get in touch if you'd be interested in a space on our minibus.
We'd like to announce the arrival of our new Bagot goat kid who arrived on Saturday 8th July and was recently named Gretel. Her name was chosen from over 100 names suggested by visitors, volunteers and friends following a vote by farm staff and volunteers. Gretel received the most votes by a narrow margin from Gladys and Geraldine. Other names in contention were Sparkle, Violet, Brigitte and Domino. A suggestion of Gisla after the old English name which formed part of an ancient place name Gisla's Dune from which Islington is thought to have been derived was also noted with interest.