Originally published on Weds 23 March 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1174
Thirty years ago, Sheffield’s Heeley City Farm opened its doors on a patch of derelict inner city land. This wasn’t what the planners originally had in mind – a few years previously, rows of Victorian terraces that stood here were demolished to make way for a bypass.
Fortunately, that bypass was never built – and Heeley City Farm has become one of the UK’s most celebrated urban farms, picking up numerous national and international awards over the years for its work on inner city sustainable development.
You’ll be able to visit the farm and take a look at its progress over the decades at the Heeley City Farm Spring Fayre. There’s something for everyone – you can explore the farm’s renewable energy centre, enjoy some live entertainment, and take a browse through local food, craft and gift stalls. And – as it’s a farm – you’ll be able to meet the animals, too!
The farm works closely with young and elderly people, people with disabilities and long term unemployed adults in growing and cooking local food, developing sustainable energy and organising healthy eating projects. The farm’s renewable energy centre is full of ideas and practical examples of how to save energy and fuel costs, drawing power from solar panels on the roof and a wind turbine in the garden.
Heeley City Farm has come a long way over the past 30 years – head to the Spring Fayre and support it as it heads into the future. The fayre takes place on Saturday 2 April, 11am – 4pm. Entry is free. For more information, visit Heeley City Farm’s website.