Brixton City Farm is holding a community consultation event to discuss establishing a permanent farm in Brixton’s Windmill Gardens.
At the moment Brixton City Farm is a community of Brixton locals who have been growing food and keeping animals in their gardens for the past few years.
They rear chickens and sell the eggs locally and have supplied a Brixton supper club with their quail eggs.
They have also helped children and teachers set up chicken coops at local schools.
Recently they took part in the Brixton Windmill Summer and Harvest festivals and sometimes pop up on Saturdays in Brixton Village.
The group said: “We are now looking to bring The Brixton City Farm out of our back gardens and to a more permanent community site in Brixton for all. We are exploring the possibility for a farm on the Windmill Gardens site.”
A community consultation event will be held on Saturday 21st February in Windmill Gardens, Brixton Hill from 12pm – 4pm.
There will be a Q & A session, people will be able to meet some of the animals and the people behind the farm and also share any ideas they have about the city farm.
Thank you for your comments.
At the moment this idea is being opened up for conversation with the community to see if it is something that would be of interest to local residents.
Please do share your thoughts with us here, we would like to hear from as many people as possible!
We also hope to see you at our community event on Saturday 21st Feb at Windmill Park Gardens. There will be a Q&A session at 2pm where you can ask any questions you may have about the proposal.
In the meantime, feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Officer, Brixton City Farm
There is already a city Farm in Lambeth; Vauxhall City Farm. This is a world away from keeping afew chickens and growing vegetables in a private garden or school. Locals would expect to see more than chickens if this business ever came to fruition. Ducks, geese, lambs, pigs, perhaps a cow or two, horse(s) and of course the hens. This all would require a substantial financial input or sponsorship/corporate backing; feed, vets, vaccinations, insurance, suitable pens, planning, licences. The noise issue would have to be addressed with locals. The pens would have to be very secure; the last thing you want is a cow charging down Brixton Hill! This all does not come cheap and it cannot fall on the local authority to bail it out should it face financial problems as it is a private venture.
Surely Brockwell Park is a better place and would be safer for the animals at night? I don’t want a farm on my doorstep thanks!
I fully support this idea. Some may see this as some perverse form of gentrification, – the any change is bad brigade of Brixton – but really this will only add to the needed facilities to provide entertainment and education for youngsters – and places for them to go locally. Brixton has very little in the way of family friendly locations, pubs, restaurants, leisure facilities; this I welcome and really hope t gets going.
Do you live near the windmill Mark?
Hi Jennifer, no not that close to the Windmill. I take your point about location being important; to be honest I was more up for the idea than specifically endorsing the Windmill as the best place to put it. But would a few hens and goats near your house be all that bad really?
Great idea. With the windmill already there, this is the obvious place for a city farm.
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