This autumn we are excited to welcome Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation who are supporting ten young local people on their photography project at the farm.
During the summer young people from Queens Crescent, studied the art of photography with SirHvH Arts Foundation CEO & Photographer Debbi Clark and Project Director Jacob Landau.
They are now at the farm on a 10-week project to create images, many of which will be used on our social media channels and website. The young photographers will be working on mood boards, concepts and themes with an outcome of having their very own photographs published.
The SirHvH Arts Foundation will also continue their film documentary workshop, started at the farm earlier this summer and we will show the short video on YouTube on completion.
Through these projects we are bringing young people’s vision and inspiration to our City Farm, supported by Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation workshops, to create and inspire our future generation in the arts.
Here are a few first examples of their amazing photographs so far.
We’re looking forward to seeing more photos soon!
It’s not often that we have to give sad news at the farm, so it is with extremely heavy hearts that we must announce that Margery, our Gloucestershire Old Spot pig has passed.
What a charismatic and beautiful lady she was. She was the first big animal you would see if you arrived on the yard in the morning before turnout (or on a wet day as she hated the rain and would not go out), and the last you would see at the end of the day. She delighted everyone that met her with her pink slippery snout, blond eyelashes, squeaks and grunts and fondness for having her soft pink tummy tickled for as long as you could muster.
In the Autumn of last year, she was diagnosed by our two independent vets as having arthritis in her back legs and hips. It is a common condition in pigs of her size and age. We hoped that with the arrival of Spring and Summer she would overcome her symptoms and have a brighter outlook for a time. However, even after being medicated and having daily exercise to keep her joints moving, she was obviously still feeling the effects, even during the amazing weather of late.
With all of these factors in mind and her increasing awareness of her aches and pains, we were advised that it was time to spare her any further discomfort and indignity. We hope as supporters and friends of the farm that you can appreciate what a hard decision this was for us to make as a team. We felt we should make this announcement because we know that she was loved by so many of you.
Daniel Fletcher is one of our young farmers, and went to collect Margery when he was twelve with our retired Stockman John Langan in 2012. He had been coming to the farm every weekend since he was eight years old, and is now almost eighteen and has just started an apprenticeship with us. He wanted to talk about his memories of Margery.
“When we got her, she was ‘in pig’ which means she was pregnant. We walked her every day and she settled in to her new home really quick. I loved going in to her wallow to interact with her. She really loved to have her tummy scratched and her back brushed. I came in every weekend so when she had the piglets I was one of the first volunteers to see them. It was a great experience, and she was a brilliant mum. She made me laugh so many times when she made her funny noises at dinner time. She grew so big, it was like she would never stop, but she never stopped being a lovely animal.”
We will all miss her and the yard will not be the same without her presence, but we hope that the arrival of two new piglets will give everyone a smile after the sadness of losing our dear old Margey Girl.
Recently we have undertaken some work to understand and manage our environmental impact. To begin this process, we had a City Bridge Trust funded environmental audit, which has helped us to understand the full impact of our organisation on the environment. As a result of his audit, we are looking at lots of ways to save energy, including:
We have already installed advanced heating controls that are saving 20% of our overall gas bill.
We have also joined the Camden Climate Change Alliance, which helps of hundreds of Camden organisations to access resources and know-how to reduce our environmental impact and costs. Recently we were awarded their Going Green mark, in recognition of our work so far in making a positive impact on our environment.