Collingwood Children’s Farm in Melbourne, Australia, established in 1979
Country life for city folk
Excerpt from Farm’s website:
Only 5km from the centre of Melbourne, nestled on a bend of the Yarra River lies seven hectares of paddocks, gardens, orchards, rustic buildings and shady trees.
Established in 1979 the Collingwood Children’s Farm is a not-for-profit community resource providing country experiences for city people.
Open every day of the year. Visitors can milk the cow at 10am and 4pm, bottle feed young lambs (seasonal), wander around, feed the animals, help with farm chores, go into the paddocks with the sheep and goats, cuddle a guinea pig, waddle with the ducks, feed the chooks, look for eggs or just sit and unwind under a shady tree or on the banks of the Yarra river.
In 1979, a community committee, with support from the former Collingwood City Council, leased a small area of the convent for a Children’s Farm. The Committee hoped children living in an urban environment, often without backyards, could learn to care for animals and nature and also have fun outdoors. Local schools and other groups helped with fencing, gardening and animal care. Members of the Greek Elderly Citizens and the Turkish Welfare Group helped clear weeds and carve out the community plots.
Since the 1980s, state and local governments have funded some of the Farm’s costs. State and Federal Labour governments supported our successful bid for a much larger area of land. Now the Collingwood Children’s Farm Committee of Management manages this Crown land site. Service clubs and philanthropic trusts help us, but always the largest part of our operational costs comes from entry fees, donations and through the work of volunteers.