Project information

Stepney City Farm


'Farm Club' provides a unique opportunity for local 13-18yr olds to learn about food and farming, do healthy outdoor activities, make new friends and connect with nature. Common activities include farming tasks such as feeding the animals, mucking out, grooming,seasonal food growing and harvesting

February 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm logo
  • Need

    Need


    Stepney has the largest proliferation of fried chicken food outlets in the UK. Local young people need to learn about food, farming,and healthy eating and participate in healthy outdoor activities, make new friends and connect with nature to prevent obesity.

    Solution

    Young people will be engaged in learning about farming, animal welfare, healthy eating, and nutrition. They will be encouraged to undertake outdoor activities to increase levels of fitness , participation and encouraged to make new friends. Participants will also learn gardening, animal management and cooking skills. All of which will help them realise their full potential and encourage and give confidence in their later professional lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage young people to attend farm club.

    Activities

    » Publicise a range of activities from animal care to gardening and DIY projects.

    We will keep records of the number of people attending the farm club. We will use surveys and questionnaires to gauge their experience and learning.


    Aim 2

    Educate young people in healthy eating

    Activities

    » Create growing classes, harvesting and cooking using healthy and sustainable ingredients grown on the farm by participants.

    Through talking to young people about food and nutrition to determine what they have learnt and if they have changed their eating habits.


    Aim 3

    Enable young people to connect with nature.

    Activities

    » Feeding the animals, mucking out .
    » Growing seasonal food and harvesting.

    We will record how many young people have attended outdoor sessions and participated in activities outside on the Farm.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Young people will be less prone to obesity and will gain confidence in themselves and interact with their peers. They will have learnt healthy eating habits which should enable them to grow and eat more healthily leading to both a healthier less sedentary lifestyle but also to a better diet.

    The project will reverse the epidemic of obesity and unhealthy eating in the local area and enable young people to gain confidence and improve their overall prospects for a healthier future.

    Risk

    We can only hope to alter long term ingrained behaviour and eating patterns through education and the opportunity for exercise. This project tackles the obesity issue at a certain age group but healthy eating and exercise are a life long commitment. We can encourage and have progression activities and volunteering opportunities for young people here at the Farm an can also signpost to other activities within the borough.

    Reporting

    Regular reports, newsletters and invitations to events to participate and see the progress being made during the sessions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500 Farm Club Project Leader Sessional worker Salary
      £1,500 Project Materials Plants, timber, cooking ingredients etc
      £500 Personal protective Equipment Gloves, boots etc
      £1,500 Admin and management cots contribution to site and core costs
  • Background

    Location

    Stepney City farm is green oasis in the heart of Central London. Unemployment is high compared to the rest of London, there is a significant Bangladeshi community 37%. Different ethnic groups tend not to mix. Third most densely populated borough in England. This has physical implications for the space available for communal activity. Tower Hamlets has a high level of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease as well as the highest rate of admissions to mental health units in London.

    Beneficiaries

    The project is targeted primarily at Young people aged 13-18 living in Tower Hamlets and surrounding boroughs. It is hoped the knowledge they obtain will be shared with both peers and family members increasing the potential scope of the project to a wider and diverse age group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Stepney City Farm is a working farm and registered charity based in Tower Hamlets. There are various animals on site and numerous growing areas. The organisation provides educational opportunities for the local community with regards to the environment , animal care, organic gardening and rural crafts. We have run a similar project for 4 years with great success. A new classroom has just been built on site to provide space for young volunteers and educational workshops.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Alex Collings

    Environmental Education Officer - will manage the project and the Farm Club Project Leader

    Farm Club Project Leader

    Leads gardening and animal volunteering tasks for the young people. Creates and organises healthy activities during the on and off site sessions.