Frown on the farm: meet five residents of Stepney City Farm London
Facing a lack of cash, Stepney City Farm has launched a crowd-funding campaign to try to stay open to the public.
Now Here This – London
January 14, 2014
Gargle the goat: ‘Gargle’s such a poser. He’s always hopping on to a log and posturing for visitors’ cameras. Makes him really, really popular. He’s stinky, though. He smells of goat’s cheese, but that’s just his lovely goaty hormones: they help him attract the ladies. During breeding season, you can smell it a couple of streets away. He looks like Rhys Ifans, you say? Yeah, he does a bit.’
Stepney City Farm welcomes over 30,000 visitors a year. People of all ages visit to get a breath of fresh air, feed the farm animals, tend their allotment or chat to neighbours over delicious local food in our café. If even half of our visitors in one year gave a pound we’d meet our target.
Of course, not all of our visitors can afford to. The Farm is in one of the poorest areas in the UK with the fourth highest rate of child poverty. It’s vital that the Farm remains free to visit and open six days a week.
So we’re asking our supporters, and anyone who has visited, or plans to visit our beautiful farm, for a little bit of money to help us keep going. Generous donors have given for our work with local schools, but this can’t be used for general running costs. The money we raise here will be supplemented by other donations and income from our café and shop to pay for core staff as well as boring things like loo paper and soap – the essential every day stuff we need to open to the public.