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  • Fordhall Organic Farm

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    The Fordhall  Community Land Initiative (FCLI) is a social enterprise owned and run by 8,000 non-profit making shareholders. It owns Fordhall Organic Farm, utilising it to reconnect the community to food and farming through events, volunteering and educational activities. The FCLI leases the farm land to a tenant farmer, Ben Hollins. Like any other tenant farmer, Ben manages the land, livestock and farm shop with his own staff and pays a monthly rent to the FCLI. The farm shop and online store stocks meat raised on the farm as well as locally-grown vegetables and locally-produced produce including milk, cheese, yoghurt, honey, alcohol and other artisan foods. They now have their own bakery on site, making pasties, pork pies, sausage rolls, steak pies and more. Fordhall can deliver nationwide though the online shop or you can pop in and collect your meat and produce fresh from the counter. As well as the farm shop and educational visits, Fordhall also has its own 30-seater bistro. Arthur’s Farm Kitchen serves hot food all week (Tues-Sun), starting with breakfasts, followed by lunches and cold sandwiches or soups late afternoon. All this in addition to home-made cakes, scones, freshly ground organic and fairtrade coffee, organic/herbal teas and a great atmosphere.

  • Waltham Place Organic Farm and Gardens

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    Waltham Place Farm is a 220 acre organic and biodynamic farm of which 50 acres is woodland and gardens, 40 acres is arable and the remainder is permanent pasture and grass leys. The estate is both Soil Association and Demeter certified. The farm rears organic beef, lamb and pork which is for sale all year round, and in the summer season dairy produce is available in the farm shop. There is an organic kitchen garden which produces seasonal vegetables and fruit. During the open season May-September, visitors can go around the gardens, and sample the estate produce in the tea rooms. Throughout the year there is an active Schools Education programme and also training courses for adults. See website for opening times and further details.

  • Tuppenny Barn

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    Tuppenny Barn is an organic smallholding growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, cut flowers, vegetables and plants for sale locally. We open Thursday and Friday each week for the sale of organic produce. In addition we organise a year round programme of events for all ages. These include seasonal cooking, healthy living, wildlife activities, food and craft markets and music events. Our straw bale, sustainably-built Education Centre can be hired out for events and functions. Our Education Team provide field trips based around the National Curriculum. These can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities and can include a cooking session in our kitchen.

  • Stepney City Farm

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    We are a working farm in Tower Hamlets; one of the most deprived and densely-populated boroughs in England. We use sustainable agricultural practice to produce safe and healthy food and other products. We operate particularly for those who by virtue of youth, age, disability, financial hardship or social circumstance can especially benefit. We aim to strengthen our community by addressing existing social divisions. We develop the potential and skills of our community through education. This diverse programme covers agriculture, healthy eating, rural arts and crafts as well as the protection of the environment by encouraging reduction, reuse and recycling.

  • Urban Bees Ltd

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    Urban Bees is a company that helps bees in towns and cities by promoting sustainable and responsible urban beekeeping and creating much better forage and habitat. We work with communities, charities and corporates to educate people about the importance of bees and provide corporate ‘bee makeovers’; practical steps for how to transform our urban environments and our thinking to help bees and other pollinators – from planting trees and flowers that offer year-round food, to making and installing homes for wild bees. We also train urban beekeepers and produce urban honey. We have hives at various locations across the capital and advise on forage and bee habitats in other towns and cities. Urban Bees was founded a few years ago by Brian McCallum and Alison Benjamin. They have co-written three books about bees , Keeping Bees and Making Honey, A World without Bees, and Bees in the City,  and wanted to share their passion with other urban dwellers in order to make cities more bee-friendly and more sustainable for humans too.

  • Stepney City Farm – Farm Shop

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    The Farm Shop is open Tuesday-Sunday selling eggs from our chickens, ducks, geese and quails, seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables grown on the farm and delicious foods made by local suppliers, such as chutneys by Newton & Pott and teas from Joe’s Tea Co. Farm-reared meat is on sale occasionally, usually in November.

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    The School of Artisan Food

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    The School of Artisan Food is based on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire in the heart of Sherwood Forest.  It was set up as a not for profit organisation by a group of food enthusiasts who recognised the need to train new generations in the artisan food methods in danger of being lost or displaced by industrial food production. The school opened its doors in 2009 to teach practical food production skills as well as to research methods and traditions and explore their relevance today. The School offers a wide range of courses from introductory level to professional level in bakery, butchery, curing and smoking, pie, cheese and ice-cream making, pickling and preserving. There is an emphasis on tastes and processes such as fermentation which develop slowly and on awareness of the provenance of raw materials and the distinctive characteristics of food from different areas.  The School also offers expert tuition for those considering setting up a food business or wishing to expand an existing enterprise. The School is dedicated to ‘producing good food from local resources and educating the people who will make a living in the sustainable food landscape of the future’.