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Wild Club at The Farm19

Wild Club incorporates the farm's various educational programmes which teach children (4 - 18yr olds) and their families how to grow, harvest, cook and eat their own food whilst being outdoors at one with nature and animals.

October 2019 - September 2020

Charity information: Spitalfields City Farm

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  • 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.


    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 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


    » Cooking and growing food together.

    What success will look like

    By offering regular sessions over the Weekends 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


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

    What success will look like

    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


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

    What success will look like

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

  • 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


    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.


    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: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Staff salaries October 19 - Sept 20
      £3,000 Capital Expenditure Improving Kitchen Garden Equipment
      £1,500 Cooking Ingredients To help with Feast & Lunches
      £1,500 Workshops & Materials Workshops on Cooking/Mini Beast Hut/DIY targeting 0-11's
      £2,000 Workshops & Materials Holding a vairety of differenct workshops targeting 11-18's
  • Background


    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 of the boroughs that has the 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.


    Our local community has 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.
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    MIchelle Sinden MSc

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

    Jenny Bettenson BSc

    Farmyard Coordinator Jenny takes care of all the farms rare breed and rescue residents, delivers animal care training to volunteers and groups.

    Emma Pestridge MSc

    Education Co-ordinator Emma looks after school groups, arranges tours and workshops for schools and SEN children.