Animal farming in Brixton
Many people who live in Brixton want to farm animals, but do not have the space to run a small farm. Many people in Brixton want to visit a local city farm to learn about the food they eat and farming practice.
We don’t have a large site, so we are setting up a dispersed farm. We keep small numbers of farm animals in our gardens and come together twice a year to become the Brixton City Farm.
By combining our gardens we have the space we need. By pooling our time and resources we are supporting each other. We are not experts; we are learning together and it’s great fun. We need help and you can join us today!
We aim to:
• Farm livestock using our homes and gardens, e.g. for eggs, milk, meat, honey, and wool
• Bring animals together regularly to become a big farm
• Establish, in time, a more conventional city farm in Brixton
• Promote the idea of dispersed farms in other areas
To do this, we will:
• Meet as a big farm at Easter and at harvest time, e.g. at fairs and shows in parks or on common land
• Prioritise members with very small gardens or balconies and low budgets
• Focus on getting new members started
• Keep accounts and be driven by business plans
• Identify suitable breeds and keep breeding stock, e.g. poultry, rabbits, pigs, goats, bees, snails
• Share books and equipment
• Buy bulk feed and bedding, etc
• Market surplus produce
• Feed each other’s animals during holidays
• Make decisions at monthly meetings
Our collective is funded by
• A membership fee - for 2014/15 this is £20
• Hire of equipment, e.g. incubator and brooder
• Sale of produce and equipment
• Funds raised, e.g. at annual meal and barn dance
Hi. Second entry to The Virgin Chicken blog,
She is still sitting! I'm very impressed. Unfortunately I'm not sure how warm the eggs have been kept the whole time. After a successful couple of days, I checked on her one morning and she had moved the clutch over a bit in the coup, not quite bringing two of the eggs in underneath her. The two eggs were cold to touch after having been warm the previous day....will the incubation process have been stopped because the chilled over a…Continue
Posted by Liam Cohen on July 28, 2013 at 12:48
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Step one- purchased eggs online, check!. Eggs take an age to arrive and when they do eventually, they end up in the local depot! with a card stuck under my neighbour's door.. so I can only guess when they where laid and then when dispatched...(It important to know this info) Step Two- "the box" says eggs must be placed under bird or incubator within seven…Continue
Posted by Liam Cohen on July 22, 2013 at 21:00