Capel Manor fun

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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)

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IT'S.....SHOW TIME!

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.

New Arrival

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.

Just over a month to go to raise funds for the farm when you're shopping with Co-op

PARTNERSHIP WITH CO-OP

Freightliners Farm has been chosen as a charity partner for the local Co-ops: this means that if you are a co-op member, you can direct the 1% that the Co-op donates to charity to Freightliners Farm. This will help to:

  • provide 1000 school children with guided visits enabling them to see farm animals in real life.
  • support educational activities for children and young people through the busy spring and summer period on the farm.
  • provide up to 300 local children and their families with free holiday activities encouraging families to spend time outdoors, learn and play together and experience new things.

For more information and to vote for the farm click here.

Cow v Pig - March 2017

The battle of the biggest beasts in our farmyard took place on 19 March 2017, when friends of Freightliners Farm raised funds by dressing as cows and pigs and running through Islington.

The money raised will help to feed and house the cows, pigs and other rare breed animals at Freightliners City Farm.

Huge thanks to everyone who joined our "Cow v Pig" sponsored run! We look forward to running with you all again next year!