Project information

Farm Diaries

Rural activities such as farming and gardening are nigh on impossible in busy cities, yet we know the benefits to health are huge. We want to offer young people the opportunity to experience “Farm Life”. We will chronicle the day to day life of a Farmer through Photographs/Social Media and Video to

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Spitalfields City Farm

Spitalfields City Farm logo
  • Need


    There has always been a strong tradition of Backyard Farming in the East End of London, and this is all but dying out due to lack of green and growing spaces. Access to fresh affordable food and poor diet are commonplace, with our borough having higher than average cases of childhood obesity and diabetes. Coming to the Farm has always been seen as something for young children and not very “hip” for the older ones, we want to encourage more cohesive communities with young and old working together


    Young and old people will together use the social media to promote the Farm, what we do and how we can work together. We will video the journey of a group through the seasons of the year culminating in a Film Show and Photo exhibition on all the work that they have achieved. We will showcase that working outdoors, growing food, learning about how to care for animals and people from a variety of backgrounds and social groups can all help boost confidence and self esteem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Bring together a diverse group of all ages and backgrounds to learn from each other


    » Organise weekly animal and gardening sessions, with photography and regular updates to the virtual Farm Diary

    What success will look like

    We will have a cohesive, respected group at the end of this, who may well disagree on certain matters but will have learnt to agree to disagree, respect will be a two way street.

    Aim 2

    The group will organise a Film show /photography exhibition at the Farm


    » The group will work between themselves to set a date, arrange events, and ensure everything is in place – they will have help from Farm staff

    What success will look like

    The event will be well attended and promoted, we will have the Diary to show this and the medium used. Each member of the group will have the opportunity to discuss the journey.

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of generational differences and respect them


    » Farm staff will pair up groups of people with very diverse backgrounds and set tasks– this will then change with the group taking more control

    What success will look like

    The event at the end will also demonstrate the coming together of the group. The diary will show the journey of consensus and how this was reached

  • Impact


    A community that can come together and understand each other as individuals, take time to listen and be able to communicate freely and safely. The Farm will promote this work on our website and we will encourage regular get together of the group at the Farm, by using our current activities, such as volunteer lunches, gardening and getting them to become regular volunteers on site. We will also take the Diary out to other schools and centres.


    That people will drop out, but we have links with many projects that we will be able to recruit new members. The project will be set up in such a way as to invite new people in on an ongoing basis throughout the year.


    We will set up a monthly blog that they will have access to. A final year report will be in the showing of the video and a written report given at the end.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Staff Recruit, facilitate and guide the groups
      £2,000 Admin Printing/Stationery/Telephone Costs
      £6,000 Workshops 10 workshops for the group
      £4,000 Materials Cameras/Gardening equipment,protective wear, boots and gloves
      £1,000 The Final Event hiring of equipment to show film/ set up costs
  • Background


    Spitalfields City Farm is located in one of the poorest boroughs in the UK along with being in the country’s top 10% for poor health, have the highest obesity rate for four to five year olds and the least amount of green spaces. Spitalfields City Farm is a community space that inspires and that everyone can enjoy, we challenge people to respect themselves, each other, their environment and animals. We strive to be sustainable and lead by example.


    Our community that is very diverse both in wealth, age and backgrounds. Bringing a group of people together from this demographic will make our community healthier, confident and happier

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Farm has been an integral part of the Community for the last 40 years and was started by local people. We have established links with local schools, colleges and the many organisations in the area. We are an area that is known for bringing people together to share in the activities and produce on site.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mhairi Weir Staff

    Overall responsibility for the day to day running of the Farm. Business Planning and strategy, fundraising and providing the vision for the Farm.

    Anya Keenan Staff

    Family Volunteering and support worker, to provide support for volunteers on site, recruit and train. Arrange regular family weekend sessions

    Katherine Jackson Staff

    Community Gardener A gardener who is responsible for bringing together our local housing estates into healthy growing and cohesive spaces

I always feel very relaxed and in touch with my community when I visit the Farm

Visitor to the Farm