5 Ways to Help Fundraising Campaign Going Great

Thanks to everyone who has supported our Five Ways to Help Fundraising Campaign.  We've nearly reached the £30,000 target needed to support the costs of opening the farm to everyone for free.  At the last count the total was at £27,000 the support has been amazing.

On Easter Monday despite the dismal weather we had a great turn out and some very soggy Easter Egg hunters enjoyed the additional challenge.  Thanks to everyone volunteers, supporters and stall holders for braving the cold and damp and to our sponsors Fine and Country Estate Agents for putting the Fun in Easter Fun Day and making it a success.

We've still a bit to go to smash our targets and there are two exciting ways to get involved coming up before the end of the month. 


In just over a weeks time the lovely Stevie Bowyer will be running the marathon and he has kindly offered to raise funds for the farm while he's at it.  Stevie's fast already but lets show him our support and help to drive him on by smashing his fundraising target.

Sponsor Stevie and find out more about his marathon journey here. 


Or if you fancy a bit of activity yourself sign up for our annual fun run Cow vs Pig on Sunday 29th April.

Thank you for your ongoing support we look forwards to seeing you all on the farm again soon.

Traditional Easter Fun Day, Monday 2 April 12noon - 4pm

Stalls, Egg Hunt*, Tombola, Easter Bonnet Parade at 3pm (make one at the Farm or use your own), Drama Workshops with Pauline Quirke Academy (3.10-3.30pm 4 – 8 year olds, 3.35-3.55pm 9 – 12 year olds) , Vegetarian Food and lots more!

*Egg Hunt: children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the Egg Hunt desk from 12.30pm to pick up instructions.

Under 5’s   Start 1.30pm           5 - 8yrs        Start 2.00pm

8 – 12 yrs     Start 2.15pm        13+             Start 2.30pm

5 Ways to Help Fundraising Campaign Launched

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.

Check out the 5 ways to help page for more information about getting involved and our 2017 impact evaluation for more about the farm's work and its importance to people in the community.

Cow vs Pig Charity Fun Run Sunday 29 April at 11am

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.  

Find out more and sign up.

Christmas wreath workshops and Farm celebration and fundraiser next Tuesday

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


Capel Manor fun


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)