I love city farms. They are such a great example of what communities can do when they come together. Little pieces of farm life in the craziness of the city, they are usually run mainly by volunteers and are a fun, interactive way of teaching city kids about where their food comes from. Most have a real focus on sustainability and environmental improvement. So when Mr Techno and I were wondering what to do for our family day on Wednesday, a visit to Hackney City Farm seemed like a great idea.
It was a pretty wet day, so we all wrapped up in waterproofs before heading out the door. Fortunately, after being caught in a downpour on our way to the bus, the weather cleared enough for us to stay dry whilst we enjoyed the farm.
Although it isn’t actually our closest city farm (that would be Brooks Farm in Leyton), Hackney is easy for us to get to, being on the 48 bus route. It took us about half-an-hour to get there, in fairly heavy traffic. It’s not huge (city farms generally aren’t), so perfect for a newly toddling toddler. There’s a farmyard, with ducks, geese and chickens roaming free and stalls with pigs and small animals (guinea pigs and rabbits). Just off the yard is a field which held sheep, donkeys and yet more chickens.
We spent about half-an-hour pottering around the farm, showing Tom the various animals (he’s a big fan of the ‘Where’s My Donkey’ book so seeing real life donkeys was a bonus). For some reason, he was terrified of the small animals stall – we wondered if it might be the red eyes of the albino rabbit – but otherwise seemed very interested in everything. His new yellow rain footies got a lot of attention too!
Having exhausted the possibilities of the farm, we washed up and headed to the cafe for a hot drink and slice of cake. I found myself sharing a slice of banana loaf, whilst Mr Techno was allowed to have his brownie in peace. The cafe is very family friendly, as you’d expect, with plenty of buggy space and a huge stack of high chairs. For older kids, there is a pottery painting studio room attached, which we must come back to when Tom is old enough.
We rounded up the trip with a walk round Haggerston Park before heading home for tea. A great day all round.