Participating Project

Project information

Wild Club at the Farm!

Wild Club allows young children aged between 4 - 11years to explore the wonderful world of environmental play. At the Farm they will learn how to cook over an open fire, pick and cook their own food. A lot of the activities will centre around where your food comes from and how to grow veg and fruit.

March 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: Spitalfields City Farm

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  • Need

    Need

    In our borough of Tower Hamlets we have one of the highest rates of childhood obesity and lack of green open spaces for children to play and enjoy. Due to the lack of open safe spaces it is harder for communities to come together and share experiences and allow for children to meet with their peers. There is little access to fresh vegetables at affordable prices with many of our users making up a large proportion of those living in poverty. Social cohesion amongst the diverse groups is an issue.

    Solution

    Wild Club, will allow for not only children but families to come together and share the space in a fun and educational way. It will increase understanding of what to eat for a healthy lifestyle and give access to fresh affordable vegetables and fruit. It will also allow for people to come together in a safe and nurturing environment on the Farm. By providing access to nutritious lunches during school holidays we can ensure that no child will go without a hot healthy meal.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide regular weekly and holiday access to wild club activities at the Farm

    Activities

    » Cooking and growing food together.

    By offering regular sessions on Saturdays and during the week that will be publicised through many mediums to our community. Having an average of 15 in attendance daily


    Aim 2

    To learn about the environment that you live in

    Activities

    » Workshops on where your food comes from, helping out with the animal care and grooming and how to handle animals safely

    Creating a small exhibition of what the children and families have learned and sharing with visitors to the Farm


    Aim 3

    Learning to share and get to know your neighbours

    Activities

    » Lots of feasts of the food grown. Cooking classes, making up a small cookbook by the children

    Friendships being forged and seeing the children and families grow in confidence and self-esteem


  • Impact

    Impact

    Improved diet and more local growing taking place on balconies and small areas of gardens on estates. A community that is not afraid to engage in conversation with their neighbour about what they are growing and hopefully sharing recipes and growing techniques. The children acting as a conduit for the parents/cares to engage with each other. Improved knowledge of all the activities that are available at the Farm and encouraging them to take ownership of their City Farm

    Risk

    Lack of participation - we will ensure that Wild Club is run at times that are convenient to all of our community and if not then we will look at ways to offer alternatives.

    Reporting

    Regular updates on Facebook, exhibition on site and a cookbook to share with the participants and be offered for sale to other visitors

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Staff salaries Salaries from March - Sept
      £750 Cooking Ingredients To help with the feasts and lunches
      £250 Craft Materials FOr a variety of workshops
      £1,500 Cookbook Workhops and costs for producing the book
      £1,500 Worshops - storytelling etc Holding weekly workshops during the school holidays
  • Background

    Location

    Spitalfields City Farm is the nearest city Farm to the city of London, we have stunning views of the Shard and Gherkin. However, we are also based in one the boroughs that has least amount of green spaces and high childhood obesity coupled with high incidences of diabetes amongst the adults and children. The average life expectancy for our Bengali community is 60years old! We are open 6 days a week from 10am - 4.30pm and are free to come in and enjoy. We have been on site since 1978.

    Beneficiaries

    Our local community which as a large percentage of Bengali and Somalian people. We also receive many visitors throughout the year to the site who come from far and wide, our volunteers who attended daily/weekly or monthly. However, this project will also reach well beyond the Farm as the learning will be shared by the children in what we anticipate their enthusiasm and interest in growing and cooking their own produce. Being able to enjoy the space will allow for a stronger community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been on site since 1978 and in that time have adapted to changing demographics of the area. We have strong links with other organisations and a strong understanding of the issues that many of our residents face. By offering access to fresh affordable veg and fruit we gain the trust and respect of everyone. We also foster the principle of peer to peer learning and listen to the many demands being placed upon us and try to accommodate as much as is possible.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Michelle Sinden

    Volunteer Co-rdinator Michelle looks after volunteers and works with local school groups, her interests lie in botany and natural healing

    Stephen Haywood

    Education Co-ordinator Stephen looks after and plans all school work both on and off site. His interest is in Forest Schools

    Kelly Richardson

    School Gardener Kelly develops the growing of gardens with our local schools and also teaches Forest School Skills