This blog post is part of a series about London’s City Farms
Nearly 30 years old, the Stepney City Farm, previously known as Stepping Stones Farm is based not that far from Spitalfields farm, but offers a very different experience.
They very specially state that as a working farm, not a petting zoo, they breed animals for sale at market to breeders or for meat – which marks them out from some city farms which lean towards rare breeds or a more fluffy approach to the purpose of breeding animals.
Some city farms are quite open to visitors, and some have high fences surrounding them. This is of the high-fence variety, and you have to negotiate a door to go inside the farm.
A seating area and cafe and a wide central corridor greet you.
To the right is the usual city farm supplies of smaller animals, ferrets, ducks and the like, while larger pasture areas stretch to the left, along with newish looking huts for some of the animals. An area looked like it was being set aside for allotments when I visited and indeed, there seemed to have been quite a bit of work carried out on the farm recently.
A curiosity to the far end of the pasture area is the remains of an old stone building – an old church?
For people living locally, this is going to be a good city farm to visit, with a good mix of larger animals – such as donkeys and cows, along with the children’s favourite of ducks and geese.
Unlike most venues with ferrets that have large runs, and hence the ferrets tend to be asleep a lot, here they are in a “hutch” and seemed to be more curious and active than at other farms, although that could have been just a coincidence on my visit.
The old ruin is unusual, although as it is inside the pig enclosure you can’t get too close to it.
Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Can be closed if there is a lack of volunteers.
It is a short walk from the Regents Canal, and the Ragged School, a museum of a Victorian era school.
|A||Belmont Children’s Farm|
|C||Kentish Town City Farm|
|D||Freightliners City Farm|
|E||Hackney City Farm|
|F||Spitalfields City Farm|
|G||Stepney City Farm|
|H||Newham City Farm|
|I||Surrey Docks Farm|
|J||Mudchute Park and Farm|
|K||Vauxhall City Farm|
|L||Maryon Petting Zoo|
|M||Hounslow Urban Farm|
|N||Woodlands Farm Trust|
|O||Crystal Palace Park Farm|
|P||Deen City Farm and Riding School|