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It all started in 2012, Golborne, West London. A group of gardeners, music professionals and some other local citizens created a festival ‘Farmival’ to raise awareness around growing their own fresh food in the city. We thought if we made use of every window sill and available rooftop for growing food, we’d not only supply ourselves with the freshest organic food, but also create a green landscape within the city’s streets.

In 2013 and 2014 we won grants to create a food growing space with groups of local residents, which grew over the years from a single raised bed to vertical planters, cob oven and a walled potato plot! The annual festival was full of food fuelled family fun leading to a number of different events down at the Sensory Garden and a touring stand at Vivienne Westwood’s Urban Outdoors festival in Camden. We loved sharing organic gardening tips and ideas with the people that we met, most of all the joy of gardening, getting our hands dirty and working with plants.

Farm the City ran for five years and we will never forget the memories that we share with everyone who joined us on the journey of urban farming in London.

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Thank you for your support and wishing you well growing food in the city!


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Midsummer Feast

Farm the City would like to invite you to our Midsummer Feast down at the Sensory Garden. June 25th 13:00 – 16:00There will be skittles, jenga, giant pick up sticks, toy archery and chess laid out for all to enjoy. We will be announcing the winner of the Sunflower competition, 1st prize is a vertical wall planter with 6 pockets.
The Cob oven will be lit at 10:30 so if you would like to know how to use the oven pop in early. Please bring a salad or your favourite veggie dish to share. There will be ingredients at the party to make veggie samosas and chocolate bananas for desert. We will also harvest the first of our potatoes to bake.
All this will be accompanied by live music from local artists.
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Come along and learn how to grow year round vegetables designed to attract bees, butterflies and mini beasts. Farm the City is passionate about growing free organic food in the city, available to be picked by volunteers and members of the public.


The Sensory Garden was an unloved green space on the corner of Elkstone Road and Golborne Road, beside the train tracks. Over the last 18 months, we have introduced new food growing beds, a pizza oven made from clay and a medicine meadow. We will be planting a salad wall and building willow fences and a willow dome amongst other exciting green things over the coming months.

You are invited to volunteer with our trained horticulturalist Emma where you will learn what it takes to create a living space, from sowing and propagating seeds, to watering, weeding, managing pests and caring for the space to a professional standard in line with permaculture principles and some biodynamic gardening theory as well. The sessions are suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners, with a friendly and informal learning environment, so knowledge is learned gradually over a number of weeks. Just turn up for an hour if that’s all you have to spare, the more hands, the more we can make from the space.

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Events 2016

13668855_571403753031948_8678279363069667410_oSun Flower Competition and Bean Burgers

Saturday 23rd April 13:30 – 15:00 at the Sensory Garden, Elkstone Road

Join in the Sun Flower competition for the chance to win a vertical wall planter. Plant one in the garden and take one home. We will be measuring and announcing a winner at the Summer feast on the 25th June. We will be firing up the Cob oven and baking some bean burgers. Food and materials are free, donations welcome.


Pumpkin Box Production

Saturday 14th May 13:30 – 15:00 at the Sensory Garden, Elkstone Road

Have you ever wanted to grow pumpkins? Chose between Pumpkin Potimarron, Pumpkin Pepita and Squash Delicata to pot up and take home. Lorna our Community Gardener will show you how to make a simple obelisk to fit a 10 Litter pot so your pumpkin has support and space to grow. This would10550947_296247520547574_7628786115771186310_n be suitable for a balcony or small patio.

Salad Box

Saturday 18th June 13:30 – 15:00 at the Sensory Garden, Elkstone Roa

Perfect for a windowsill, indoors or out, put together a salad box of tomatoes, lettuce, rocket, coriander  and spring onions to take home and enjoy the cut and come again varieties for the rest of the year. Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we have enough matterials.



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Harvest Fest @ Sensory Garden Review

Last week we had our wonderful Harvest Festival and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came. It was a brilliant afternoon with great music from Dear Joy, and Smiley and the Underclass (thank you so much for playing). We made delicious tea and beautiful smelling lavender bags with our friends at Little Artizt, and had an exciting selection of stalls. And of course, at the very heart of our Sensory Garden, we made amazing Pizzas in our very own cob oven! A massive thank you to our friend Linda from Cob in the Community, for keeping the fire going and the pizzas cooking. Where would we be without you?

We saw a lot of new faces from the community and have had an influx of new followers and Tweeters to our pages, which was really excellent news; after all Farm the City is all about our local community. In fact, the Harvest Fest was such a success that we’re going to have an October event, so watch this space for more information soon!

If you’d like to get more involved, please look at our volunteer pages on the website. We’re always


on the lookout for extra hands, plus, what you grow you keep. We never charge for anything we’ve grown. It’s all free! Just pop over to our Sensory Garden, Wednesdays from 1pm; turn up and there will always be a friendly face welcoming you in.

2pm – 5pm 20th of September 2015

Farm the City volunteers would like to invite you to join them for live music, our very own cob oven made pizzas made using veg and herbs grown from the garden. There will be a winter greens plant sale, childrens activities from Little artiz and a chance to review the sensory gardens development and have your say.

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Farmival 2014


Saturday August 2, 2014, 1pm to 7pm - Meanwhile Gardens, London W10 5NT


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Main stage

4pm – Nick and the Sun Machine – folk rock #harmonies

5pm – Dana Mckeon – singing, beatboxing guitarist – sweet!

6pm – Nick Howe, Zack Dan and band – rock, pop, party people

2pm – Dear Joy – lyrical jazz pop guitarist Lou

1pm – Omar Williamson – he’s a breadline bandit with a flamenco heart

more acts to be announced


Farm the City’s Herb Garden Giveaway – from 1pm – seedings from Cultivate London

Organic Compost giveaway (bring a bag) from 1pm

‘Kitchen Garden Pharmacy’ by Growing Kultur - 2 – 7pm workshops on the hour

‘Veggie Creatures’ vegetable creations with Green Peas events

Clothes and jewellery design with Little Artistz

Compost Q&A from Gardens Manager King Cross SKip Garden

Yoga from Jivamukti teacher Emily with mini gong session with Leo

Stone Age Conversations art installation

RBKC community gardeners and Groundwork’s Grow-Operative sign up


Farm the City’s Organic Bar – beer, wine, cider

Botanical Cocktails, cordials and iced teas from Rootless Garden

Rupert Street Food van – plates of scrumptious food, cakes and soft drinks

Plant sale or two

Fruit Harvesters’ Jam sale

Donal’s art and crafts

Field to Fork vegetable bag stall

Free event – Everyone is welcome!


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How to get there…

Meanwhile Gardens (W10 5NT) in West London is an oasis of green at the foot of Trellick Tower nestled between Regents Canal, the railway lines out of Paddington and the Westway. It can be reached most easily from Westbourne Park tube, which is served by the Hammersmith and City line as well as many bus routes including 31, 23 & 28.

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Big Dig 2015


Big Dig event on the Saturday the 21st of March 2015.

Join us for a few hours of gardening on Saturday the 21st of March 2015

from 12pm to 3pm and help us to build and prepare some new planting beds for our vegetable garden.


Meet at 12pm at the Factory Building, Meanwhile Gardens

56 – 158 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN


To register for this event please either:-

Email:     or call our office on Tel: 020 8960 4600

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Grow With Thyme, Love and Care

If you’re looking for a quick taste fix for any instant pasta dish, all you need are some freshly cut herbs, which you can keep on your window sill.

Why not start with a well loved, nutritious Thyme plant  bought as a baby from:

They have sweet basil and they deliver little plants to your door.

You will need a bucket to plant it in, or perhaps a flower pot of some description – we have some nice ones to giveaway at an event in May. watch this space.

Don’t over water your herbs in the winter, just don’t let the soil warm up or get dry on top either.

Take weekly cuttings until the plant is well established when you’ll be able to take more.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

1 – The fresher the veg, the more nutritious, so freshly picked veg from your windowsill is super healthy and tasty too.


2 – Growing organic food costs less than buying chemical-industrial food in the long run, so you get organic food for less making it actually affordable.


3 – Food prices are rising and look set to carry on rising – by learning how to grow your own food, manage your soil and collect seeds over time, you can keep yourself well stocked long into the future with very little money involved.


4 – Growing is good for the soul – harvesting your own food is pretty awesome and fills your belly with a great sense of achievement and pride


5 – Make new friends, swap tips and even food with other growers in the community


6 – Connecting with nature is therapeutic and deepens awareness, you are forced to slow down, but in a conscious way so you learn new things about the world, and make time to relax, it’s magic

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