Heeley City Farm is a community-supported charity offering a free space for everybody to learn about the environment and animals. The 40-year-old farm is home to a community recycling centre as well as the South Yorkshire Energy Centre, which offers free energy efficiency and renewables advice.
The charity also manages over 20 local food growing sites throughout Sheffield, from community gardens to fire stations. Their aim is to educate and train people of all ages, demonstrate organic methods and restore land for cultivation. These efforts were rewarded in 2011 with the Sheffield Telegraph Environment Innovation Award in recognition of their distribution of 5 tonnes of Fruit and Vegetables to the community.
Firth Park Community Allotment is just one example of Heeley's growing sites. The site was established in 2005 to help local families and their children learn to grow organic food. Since opening 16 years ago, the allotment has gained fruit trees, seasonal crops, poly tunnels, ponds and a wildlife area, maintaining its Community Green Flag status.
by Andrew Pearse
Diversification isn't just about produce and economy. Our city farm has made a huge difference to local environmental impact by reducing our own footprint, and passing on all kinds of knowledge and experience to the community through the Energy Centre.
We are passing on our skills in food growing, which is increasingly important in urban areas as we look at ways of reducing our environmental impact. There's a lot of city space that could be used more effectively.
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