Project Centre volunteer at Stepney Farm
Last week, we were fortunate enough to visit Stepney City Farm for a corporate volunteering day. Nestled in the heart of London, the four-acre farm boasts a wide variety of livestock, such as pigs, goats, sheep and chickens, as well as on site woodworking workshop, metallurgists and art studio. Beyond being open to the public and offering volunteering opportunities, the farm also hosts classes for those eager to learn about crafts as well as frequent days designed to support the local community. Though only being open since 1979, the site is home to 17th century ruins as well as buried Tudor artefacts which are still be excavated today.
Led by Felicity Rhodes, the farm’s Corporate Volunteer Facilitator, we spent our time harvesting, planting and performing general grounds maintenance, with some time to pet the animals of course. Despite the rain, we made the most of our day, fully clearing out the barn, planting a new herb garden and removing the invasive weed species that threatened the crops.
All the while, we were taught about the ethics of modern farming and the greener, more humane ways Stepney Farm practice. For example, all of their vegetables and fruit are grown by hand without the addition of pesticides or other chemicals that can be otherwise harmful to their organic produce. As such, their quality is second to none and we were delighted to lend a helping hand.
We were incredibly proud to help support a local community asset that is such an integral part of Tower Hamlets, a borough that we are working closely with on their Liveable Streets programme. We highly recommend the experience and can’t wait to organise our next outing.