First ever City Farm Day takes place on Thursday 25th March 2021
City farms across the UK, from Bath City Farm to Spitalfields City Farm in London, will be taking part in a celebration of the role that urban social and community focused farms play in connecting people to farming and bringing communities together.
There are more than 50 city farms across the UK and over the last five decades they have played an important role in connecting communities to the farming life, welcoming school groups and visitors.The first City Farm was set up in 1972, Kentish Town City Farm in London, and the movement has steadily grown over the last 50 years. City farms vary in size from a small football pitch to the size of a medium family farm.
In recent years city farms have provided life changing opportunities for people suffering from mental health challenges, such as depression or loneliness, or have given people the chance to develop new skills to help get them back into work. This includes working with animals, helping with growing fruit and veg or running cafes. The role of many city farms in the cities where they are based has come to the fore in the year since the first lockdown in March 2020. They have collectively been supporting thousands of volunteers, cooking and distributing meals to vulnerable members of the local community and connecting people to life on the Farm.
Visitors, supporters and volunteers can all share what city farms mean to you on social media using the hashtag #cityfarmday
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