Farm Shop: a 'growing' shop

on Thursday, 27 October 2011. Posted in N21 Community

 

Enfield Council recently announced an ambitious project to make Enfield the biggest fruit and vegetable producer in London. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “We want to revolutionise the way we grow fruit and vegetables in Enfield and get the whole community involved in growing, cooking and eating their own food."

 

Councillor Goddard and his team should hot foot it down to Hackney, to 20 Dalston Lane, London E8 to be exact. What was once a derelict shop is now quite literally a FARM SHOP – not a shop attached to a farm, but possibly the world’s first urban farm in a shop.

 

FARM SHOP is the brainchild of a small eco-social design practice called Something & Son LLP and opened in March 2011, with the idea of bringing farming in to the city. The not-for-profit project received funding from a number of partner organisations, including Hackney Council as part of Hackney’s Art in Empty Spaces project. It is staffed by volunteers and they are continuing to raise funds by running a cafe, a visitor centre and educational workshops and allowing the space to be used as a venue for events.

 

It is a farm in the true sense of the word, growing crops, they are using a combination of new technologies such as hydroponics as well as more traditional methods, to grow fruit and vegetables, harvested throughout the year.

 

                                

 

There are plans to keep chickens on the roof, farm fish in 'Aquaponic' tanks and experiment with what exactly can be grown in a small indoor space.

 

                    

The team’s aims are to:


1) To excite and inspire city dwellers to grow their own food, fabric and medicine and make an income doing this

 

2) To create direct links between farms in the countryside with communities in cities

 

3) To grow food commercially via a network of FARMs across cities and retail this food at FARM:shops

                   

    

 

Watch this video which explains the thinking behind Farm Shop.

 

 

 

 

FARM:shop is open every Monday to Saturday from 11am-5pm, but please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to double check they are open for visitors

 

http://farmlondon.weebly.com/farmshop.html

 

They are hoping that this will be the first of a ‘growing’ chain of shops and the team are keen to find more urban spaces which could be converted into growing spaces. If you could be interested in setting up a FARM, or know of anywhere which might be suitable, please get in touch with the team

 

www.somethingandson.com

 

Enfield Council recently announced an ambitious project to make Enfield the biggest fruit and vegetable producer in London. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “We want to revolutionise the way we grow fruit and vegetables in Enfield and get the whole community involved in growing, cooking and eating their own food."

Enfield Council recently announced an ambitious project to make Enfield the biggest fruit and vegetable producer in London. Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "We want to revolutionise the way we grow fruit and vegetables in Enfield and get the whole community involved in growing, cooking and eating their own food."

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