Kentish Town City Farm
UK’s First City Farm, founded in 1972, is a charity based in the London Borough of Camden offering lifelong learning, outdoor therapy and education to children, adults with special needs and anyone needing respite from the strains of urban life.
Help make sure we’re here for our 50th Birthday
We have a rich history, kickstarted by Ed Berman who mobilised a community to improve its neighbourhood and create imaginative spaces for children to play and explore. Inter-Action steered by Ed, found farm buildings and stables and had a radical idea, to create a “City Farm”. This was the start of not only our own incredible history but of the whole City Farm movement. Today, Kentish Town City Farm is a hub, a place where everyone can get their hands dirty, care for real life animals, share their skills or learn new ones. Others come for the tranquillity, a haven for wildlife and sanctuary from the busy city.
Lockdown has been incredibly hard for us and our community. We have missed welcoming local families coming to say hello to donkeys Nora and Dora and have a chat. We have missed our community gardeners coming to weed or plant seeds and tend the vegetable patch. We have missed our riding for the disabled visitors who cannot feel the freedom that riding brings. We have missed our pony club and young farmer groups where camaraderie and companionship develop amongst the flora and fauna.
Before the pandemic we were feeling pretty positive and plans were underway for our 50th Birthday (next year!) We desperately want to make our 50th milestone but need more funding in order to do so. We are a charity, reliant on fundraising and income from programmes. We are facing a huge deficit in our budget next year and the future of the farm is at risk. If you can support us to get through these unprecedented times and help us make it to the celebration, please donate – of course in the spirit of our founders when we do, our doors will be wide open and we will welcome you all.
See us on BBC Countryfile
BBC Countryfile featured the farm as part of their ‘Winter Hero’s’ programme on Valentine’s Day. A big thank you to the Countryfile team and to everyone who watched us. We couldn’t have had a better Valentine! We appreciate all the lovely messages of support and your very kind donations mean everything to us. The show is now available to watch again on iPlayer. Tune in and find out who our KTCF Winter Hero is.
Keep in touch
Support the farm by following us on social media, sharing our posts as well as adding any of your own farm memories or messages. We’d love to hear from you!
Sign up to our mailing list for our 50th celebration
The farm remains closed to visitors while national Covid restrictions are in place. We’ll review Government guidelines as they emerge and keep you posted.
Gather round to watch as Farm Director Eira Gibson reads one of the best-loved books of Julia Donaldson The Stickman
Kentish Town City Farm
1 Cressfield Close,