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Hackney City Farm, London

(3.4/5 based on 60+ 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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  • Even on a cold autumn day the animals were out and about. The geese, ducks and chickens wander around and are very friendly. Suitable for young kids but older children may get bored quickly. 
  • Tucked in the borough of Tower Hamlet is a little working farm. The farm has the usual complement of farm animals: chickens (running loose in the yard), rabbits, a pair of donkeys, a pair of pigs, and...  more »
  • Its well worth giving a donation for all the work they carry out and seeing the animals such as cows and pigs. 
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  • Been coming for years...a real oasis in the middle of an urban world. I've read comments showing concern about the limited staff and welfare of animals, but I've consistently had a great experience. If you have small children, keep an eye on them, be sure to wash your hands when leaving, and don't let them lick the pigs.
  • I visited the farm this afternoon with my daughter with a view to volunteering my help. it was lovely to see the animals so close up and to be able to stroke them. My only real concerns are that there were no staff whatsoever when we got there overlooking the chickens and geese where families are allowed to walk amongst. I watched one small child being allowed to chase the geese and try kick them at the same time without the batting of an eyelid by the parent. Then another child started to chase the chickens. If the child had actually managed to catch the bird and kick it then it's wings would have been broken. In the end I couldn't stand it and had to say something to the parents. It's all very well us being allowed to walk amongst the animals but it's simply unfair on them to be terrorised. If small children are allowed in these enclosures then there should definitely be someone there keeping a watchful eye on the animals welfare. i dearly love animals and for me personally it was quite an upsetting and disturbing experience.
  • Family friendly, good brunch and breakfast place. Great city farm.
  • 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 😃
  • Nice place. Don't be put off by the longue queues: they are actually quite fast and food is delicious