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Something & Son and Hackney council have collaborated on an innovative farming project housed in the center of London that offers up much more than homegrown salads, herbs and vegetables.

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Out with disused store spaces and in with urban farms, FARM:Shop’s gardening initiative puts an abandoned shop on Dalton Lane to good use. The urban food system takes advantage of every nook and cranny the space has to offer by combining old farming techniques with new technology.

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Upon entry you will be greeted by (my personal favorite) ‘catch your own’ fish pond while in other rooms you’ll encounter vegetables growing in impressive hydroponic and aquaponic displays. Mushrooms are located in the basement dark room while up on the roof you can hang with laying hens.

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For the curious at heart they warmly welcome volunteers and offer tours (hours below) of the space for visitors. Another way to contribute is by shopping the produce in their soon to open cafe.

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To ensure that you take home much more than produce FARM:Shop holds seminars and workshops with industry professionals in addition to showing films, hosting community activities, feasts and taking field trips to real farms. Needless to say they are dedicated to keeping the community involved and informed.

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In November 30 minutes tours are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

 FARM:Shop

20 Dalston lane E8 1PQ / 44 (0)20 7951 123 385

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