Last week, Thursday 1st September, the City Bridge Trust team took a day out of the office to volunteer at Sutton Community Farm. This now annual event has seen the Trust previously help out at organisations as diverse as Deptford Creekside, the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground and Brockwell Park Community Greenhouse.
Sutton Community Farm is a community-owned farm which was established in 2010. Its purpose is to increase access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food and provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make new friends. The farm sits on a beautiful 7.1 acre smallholding with views towards the skyline of central London. The organisation received a grant of £90,000 over three years in July this year towards the salary of Head of Production and a contribution towards the General Manager’s post.
During our day at the Farm, our team of fourteen staff were able to provide valuable help. Firstly, the team helped to prune the Farm’s tomato vines. These were housed in one of their many polytunnels which greatly increase production and allow the Farm to grow a greater variety of vegetables.
After a lunch which included some of the many salads and vegetables grown on the farm, the team then moved onto harvesting the potato crop (pictured above). This was hard work but very rewarding as the team dug up around 150kgs of fresh potatoes, many of which would later go into the Farm’s vegetable boxes which it delivers across South London.
Many thanks to the team at Sutton Community Farm for hosting us.