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Hackney City Farm, London

Categories: Farms, Educational Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
Hackney City Farm is a city farm in Haggerston the London Borough of Hackney. It is situated on Hackney Road at the junction of Goldsmith's Row.It was established in 1984 as a community and educational resource and to give the people, particularly young people, of the borough experience of animals. The facilities at Hackney City Farm include a farmyard, area for grazing, garden and a tree nursery with butterfly house. The amenity encourages children to learn about the natural environment, growing vegetables and caring for animals. The farm is home to a range of animals including: poultry, sheep, rabbits, bees, pigs and a donkey. The Farm also runs educational projects, exhibitions, courses in crafts and farm trails, and operates a café, Frizzante, which recently won a Time Out award for best family restaurant. Animals can be adopted at the farm, and free range eggs are for sale at £1.20 for 6.The farm is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.In 2008, a bike shop opened in the Farm. Bike Yard East sells cycle products and does repairs.In 2015 Hackney City Farm registered with Ofsted as an independent alternative school. The farm has places for up to 6 pupils aged 13 to 16.RelatedGrowing Communities
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  • Good to visit with family. Busy during weekends but nice to see the animals and hang around. Good for a weekend trip. 
  • Great city farm in Hackney, went there after having lunch at the Broadway market and was not disappointed 
  • Visited here along with two five year olds. The farms rather small, chickens roam free which is nice but other than that you'll only find a few Guinea pigs, a couple of rabbits, one pig, two donkeys a...  read more »
  • I visited the farm on Sunday and left feeling disturbed. I grew up on a farm myself so I’m used to the environment and aware on how the animals should be cared for. Firstly, it’s a busy farm and there was NOT ONE MEMBER OF STAFF around keeping their eye on the animals; children were terrorising chickens, trying to pick them up in dangerous ways, there was also a man being really rough with one of the donkeys, there should have been members of staff around to safeguard the animals and to educate visitors on how they should be handled. The farm was filthy and none of the animals had fresh drinking water, the pens and coups were full of faeces and flies. There was not enough shade for the animals outside and many did not look in a good condition. I picked up one small chicken which was almost unconscious and moved it into the shade, it was limp and clearly unwell, again there were no staff members around to report this to. Overall and more so on reflection it was an upsetting visit, animals should be cared for first and foremost otherwise what is the point of the farm- I seriously hope it’s a non-profit organisation otherwise its clear the money isn’t being used properly.
  • My favourite of the city farms, it's in a beautiful location, with space to house a wide enough range of animals to keep things interesting. There is a really nice cafe and herb garden on-site too. A short walk from Broadway market (market operates Saturday) and Columbia Road (flower market Sunday) so perfect to twin with a trip to either.
  • Very nice Farm. Everybody could enjoy themselves. It is a lot of fun and in cafe they have very nice healthy food. :)
  • What's not to love? Farm animals animals to see and chicken poop to stand in! Great little cafe with trendy vibe and lovely food. Go for the risotto you won't be disappointed. Fun for all ages, especially seeing the newly born piglets 😃
  • Terrible service at the city farm cafe today. I was spoken to in a very rude and aggressive manner by the young woman serving me, pigtails, grey t-shirt, and came away feeling quite speechless. Firstly, whilst waiting at the counter to be served, I picked up a dough ball from the counter and when the woman saw me she said, in a cutting and sharp tone "did you just take one of those? You do know you have to pay for that?" I had every intention of paying. Then once my order was ready, even though she could see I was holding a baby, she put my tray of food down in an awkward and inaccessible place where i was unable to pick it up.When I asked if she could bring it closer she slammed it down on the counter in front of me without so much as looking at me then walked away. This is not the sort of treatment I expect when spending £25 on lunch in a cafe. It was hugely disrespectful and made for a very unpleasant lunch experience. I had asked who the manager was to speak to someone directly at the time but was unable to in the end. Something should be done to improve staff customer service skills as the food at the farm is great and the farm itself a great place to visit with children
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