Would you like to help keep Stepney City Farm open and free! I love going there with my son Dylan on a Saturday, to feed the animals and to shop at their farmers market. Great Bownies and a super cheese stall too. They also have a lovely new cafe with organic food.

See below how you can join in with helping…

“Dear fellow parents of Tower Hamlets,

I know many of you have enjoyed visiting Stepney City Farm, and I’m writing to ask if you can help.

The Farm has really improved over the last several years, but from April we do not have funding for crucial staff, including the Farm Director. There is a real risk that what has been gained will be lost to us and our children, and this in a borough which as you will be aware is one of the most crowded and poorest in the UK. Local kids really, really benefit from our beautiful open space – as do local grownups.

We have therefore started a crowdfunding scheme which will run for the next

53 days (and counting down). Here is the link:

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/stepneycityfarm/

The Farm gets no state funding towards its general running, and the recession has meant that fundraising is harder than ever before. However, as you will read if you click this link, if half of the people who visit the farm in a year paid just one pound we would raise our target.

Any little bit you can spare would go a long way, and as you will see we are offering some lovely things in return for your donations including pen portraits by our talented resident artist, or a check of your rabbit or other small furry animal by our equally talented farmers.

The scheme ends on February 27th, so even though January is sometimes a tricky time of year financially the donation you make won’t be paid until after this date – and then only if we have managed to raise all the money we are trying to raise. Conversely, if we don’t raise the full amount
nothing will be paid.

**Please would you forward this to anyone you think might be interested in helping the farm.**

Thanks so much to any of you who are able to help.

Wishing you all good wishes for 2014.

Bessie (Trustee, Stepney City Farm)

If you have any questions please contact:
Elizabeth Venables
07973 409 749