We have a small selection of farm animals (goats, pigs, chickens and guinea pigs), kept for educational and therapeutic purposes and food production. For now, they’re being cared for by our staff but will soon be looked after by volunteers on therapeutic placements with us.
We have a café trailer on site, serving teas and coffees, cakes, soups, toasties and snacks. It is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am– 3.30pm. Hot food is served until 3pm. There is no indoor seating but there are tables and chairs covered from the elements in the under barn area of the farmyard.
It may open on Tuesdays in the future, depending on demand.
Take a wander around the market gardens, which will produce food to be served in the café trailer and go into local veg boxes. Volunteers will help grow crops and learn about food production and gain gardening skills in the process.
Hartcliffe is also home to a flower farm, run by Heart of BS13 which will produce local blooms grown without chemicals. Cut flowers are often grown abroad and flown to the UK, so have a hefty carbon footprint. They’re also grown using intensive farming methods that use a lot of water and chemicals. All of these things are very harmful to the environment. Hartcliffe’s flower farm will produce beautiful bouquets free from these environmental issues associated with cut flowers.
What’s on the way?
We have plenty of plans for the future of the farm, including:
- A new playground – the current playground at the farm is not safe to use. Getting a new, safe playground is high on our priority list.
- Spaces to hire – we’re in the process of renovating some of the existing buildings on the farm to be ideal for community classes, workshops and birthday parties
- More animals – we will have a wider range of animals at the farm when we have built more safe and comfortable animal pens.