We’re an urban farm in the heart of London Waterloo. We have transformed a strip of wasteland into a flourishing community resource and a haven for nature, where we learn to care for ourselves, others, plants, animals and the environment.
Our vision is to provide a safe, supportive and inspiring space for the community. At the heart of our activities, we use the theme of food and farming to help people feel more connected, empowered and to reach their full potential.
What we do
We specialise in working with disadvantaged young people, helping them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We do this in partnership with Jamie’s Farm, offering a ‘Farming, Family & Therapy’ programme that re-engages them with academic life, helping them to fulfil their potential in school and in society.
Our school programme focuses on working with disadvantaged pupils. After visiting our farm on a regular basis, we find that:
- There is a 79% reported improvement in self-esteem;
- Prior to visiting the Farm, 71% of pupils were not on track in core subjects. After visiting the Farm, the number not on track decreased to 49%, with 32% now on track and 19% exceeding their expected attainment;
- Of our students coming to the farm in Autumn 2015, 30% were reported as at risk of exclusion. On 6 week follow-up, 55% of those no longer were at risk.
These results demonstrate the transformation people can experience through gardening, food growing and animal care.
We work with Jamie’s Farm, a national charity which transforms children’s lives through ‘Farming, Family & Therapy’, re-engaging them with academic life, helping them to fulfil their potential in school and in society, raising their self-esteem, resilience and aspiration.
We’re supporting all of our London-based Jamie’s Farmers by giving them the opportunity to build on their unique experience in the countryside by carrying on their journey in the city, sustaining and deepening the changes they make even when they’re back at home.
We also support Oasis Academies Johanna and South Bank, expanding the range of educational opportunities available to their students, even growing produce for lunchtimes at South Bank Academy. Students and teachers benefit from inclusive outdoor learning and curriculum-based activities covering maths, art and science to name just a few.