Stepney City Farm is a working, educational farm, aiming to improve lives through farming.
The Farm gives children and adults a chance to meet farm animals, learn how to grow food and try out arts and crafts. Every Saturday, they host a popular Farmer’s Market. The Farm provides a welcoming green space to bring together their diverse community, and cultivate wellbeing through high-welfare, environmentally-sustainable farming practices.
Stepney City Farm have been managing their food growing as a social enterprise since 2017, with the aim of developing production and sales to the point of financial sustainability.
Through the Just FACT funding, the Farm will recruit a second full-time Food Grower to explore the impact on productivity and potential financial break-even point between input and output. This will contribute valuable learning for others embarking on small scale farming projects and urban growing initiatives, and help us to understand ways in which local food growing activities can move forward in a financially viable way.
The project will also explore how food growing can better meet local need, learning from and including people with their own experience of traditional farming and growing techniques. It will engage more people around using sustainable and organic principles on site and at home, and will also support the development of inclusive community events centred on growing and cooking