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If you haven't made it over to check out our Dagenham Farm yet, Sunday 10 September will be a great day to go.
That's the day the farm will be opening its gates for a special free event: the DagenJAM festival.
There will be homemade cream teas – featuring strawberry or apricot DagenJAM, grown and made at the farm by trainees on the Grown in Dagenham programme.
Visitors will be able to tour the farm, drop in to a growing or cooking workshop, buy freshly picked farm produce, try Tommy K ketchup – made with tomatoes grown on the farm – and take part in a raffle to win a gift selection of farm goodies.
You can also find out how to have fun, meet your neighbours and feel good – mentally and physically – by helping out at the farm on Wednesdays or Sundays.
As well as growing ultra-local organic fruit and veg, Dagenham Farm trains local residents in food growing and food preparation and teaches local school kids about growing and eating healthier food – in term time and through its holiday clubs.
The farm also runs a stall at Dagenham East tube station every Thursday evening from 5pm-7pm selling farm-grown and made produce.
Trainees on the award-winning Grown in Dagenham programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund, grow fruit and vegetables and learn how to make products such as strawberry and apricot DagenJAM and Tommy K ketchup, made to secret recipes they developed themselves. These seasonal preserves will be available to buy at the DagenJAM festival.
Dagenham Farm was set up by Growing Communities in 2012 and is now one of London’s most productive urban farms, growing more than 4 tonnes of fruit and veg every year.
DagenJAM runs from 1pm till 5pm on Sunday 10 September.
The farm is a short bus ride (or walk) from Dagenham East tube station, between the Fire Station next to central Park and the Register Office. Find details and a map here.