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Hackney City Farm

City Farms exist to bring the countryside and its activities to urban people. They generally use otherwise derelict land and involve local people in their establishment and maintenance.

Hackney Farm is a registered charity and was established in 1984 on some 1.5 acres of land and buildings leased for 90 years from the London Borough of Hackney. Originally a brewery, the buildings are substantial and surround a granite-sett yard, while areas that were roads and buildings are now used for growing and grazing. The Farm is a valuable local resource seeking to involve everyone from this culturally diverse inner-city community.


We keep as full a range as possible of traditional farm livestock and you can usually expect to see pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals.

We are not certified organic, but operate the Farm on organic and permaculture principles as much as possible. As in any farm animals contribute to the cost of their keep and so we sell eggs, manure, and yarn.


We have large garden where you can help plant and grow things, or just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, We grow herbs, fruit trees, soft fruit bushes and old fashioned flowers in deep borders. The big square vegetable patch in the middle produces everything from runner beans to Jerusalem artichokes. Any excess plants and produce are available for sale.

This is a good place for a mini-beast hunt, because ours is an organic garden. You can use the garden to learn about organic controls and companion planting, or about propagating plants. Along one wall are raised beds, so you are welcome to garden with us if you use a wheelchair. If you would like to know more about gardening at the Farm, please ask.

We offer school visits to the farm, workshops based around farming and food and give tours of the site. To book please visit our website.

Additional Information:

  • Community Cafe

  • Events and Activities

  • Training and Placements

  • The Farm Association - please ask for details and membershipform.

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    Hackney City Farm Postcode for SatNav: E2 8QA


    +44 (0)2077 296 381

    1 Goldsmiths Row
    Greater London
    E2 8QA

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