Growing Communities' Dagenham Farm
Growing Communities farms on a 1.4-acre ex-Council nursery site in Dagenham, East London.
*Our 2017 Grown in Dagenham Food worker traineeships are now open. For unemployed Barking & Dagenham residents only - find out more here.
Dagenham Farm produces organic vegetables (and fruit) in glasshouses and polytunnels and outdoors for sale locally and through Growing Communities' fruit and veg bag scheme. To see more photos of the farm click here.
The farm is home to the Grown in Dagenham project, training local residents in food-growing and preparation skills and helping young people to learn about where their food comes from. (Click on the link above to read more about the project.) Check this page for details of when you can buy fresh produce directly from the farm - usually between May and November.
The farm opened in 2012 and now produces about five tonnes of veg every year. In the spring, there are leeks, spring greens, spinach and other greens. Then in summer/autumn, we grow salad and tomatoes, as well as chillies, cucumbers, squashes, beans, aubergines, courgettes, strawberries and melons.
The farm aims to produce excellent, organic food closer to where people actually live as well as helping local residents to gain skills in food growing, preparation and selling. Dagenham Farm shows the potential for growing - and selling - significant amounts of produce from farms on the outskirts of London and other cities.
The project was funded by the Local Food Fund, part of the Big Lottery, from March 2012 to March 2014, when it also became fully certified as organic. The grower's salary is now financed through sales of produce. We have secured more Big Lottery funding for our new Grown in Dagenham project to involve more local people in the life of the farm and help them develop new skills.
To see the early days of Dagenham Farm (click on the link).
Dagenham Farm team: Hannah, Kerry, Shelagh, Lucy & Alice
Growing Communities Dagenham Farm, Central Park Nursery, Rainham Rd North, Dagenham RM10 7EJ. Nearest tube: Dagenham East. For more information or to find out about volunteering opportunities, contact email@example.com 020 8592 3130