Founded in 1981 on 4 acres of land in Heeley, Heeley City Farm is a public park with Rare Breed farm and smaller animals, a playground and organic vegetable and herb gardens, green roofs, wind turbines, South Yorkshire Energy Centre, Farm Kitchen Café, Garden Centre and much more.
In addition Heeley City Farm offers a range of integrated services and activities for the local and citywide community including employment, play, youthwork, youth and adult training, education, health and therapeutic services, older peoples' activities, heritage projects and youth and adult volunteering opportunities.
We garden in an organic and sustainable way, using no artificial chemicals and fertilizers and no harmful pesticides and herbicides.
After crops are shared with volunteers and other participants, produce is distributed locally through shops, cafés, restaurants, and co-ops, box schemes, local Farmers Markets and the Heeley City Farm Farm Kitchen café. Our garden centre grows and sells vegetable and herb plants, as well as many other plants which are bee-friendly, can be used in companion planting schemes and green manures.
Heeley City Farm is one of 20 Rare Breeds Survival Trust Conservation Farms in the UK. We manage our pigs and sheep flocks, both to help conserve rare breeds and forgotten gene pools and to provide locally produced meat from animals that have had a good, outdoor life.
We manage over 20 bee-hives in apiaries throughout Sheffield including the roof of the Heeley City Farm animal stables, both selling locally produced honey and training aspiring bee-keepers
Admission is free and we have Changing Places standard toilets and run a regular programme of events and activities.
We run weekly volunteer sessions for garden volunteers, usually on a Friday or Saturday.