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Welcome to Heeley City Farm – a relaxing slice of the countryside in the heart of Sheffield where you can meet our friendly animals, play in our under 8's Playground, enjoy some healthy vegan and vegetarian food in the Farm Kitchen, browse our peat-free Garden Centre and learn about how to save energy and live more sustainably.
Heeley City Farm is a city farm in the district of Heeley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
It is a community-based and led training, employment and youth enterprise. Using our Farm environment to engage and train the people who use our site in life skills.
Heeley City Farm was founded in 1981 on land where the Sheffield South Relief road —commonly called the Heeley bypass, a scheme which blighted the lives of hundreds of local residents for 30 years— was to be built. Construction never started and the land was put to new use.
Heeley City Farm is based around a wind and sun powered mini farm and a number of environmental social enterprises and attractions.
The focus of its work is in Heeley but increasingly it operates throughout Sheffield and into the South Yorkshire region, including work at Wortley walled garden, Dore and Meersbrook.
Now over 30 years old and winner of several national and international awards, Heeley City Farm provides environmental, health, food and farming education to around 5,000 school children and several thousands adult visitors each year.
The South Yorkshire Energy Centre (SYEC), which opened in August 2006, demonstrates renewable energy and sustainable building materials and techniques and provides advice and courses for building professionals, individual householders and school parties.
Heeley City Farm maintains a much needed green space in inner suburban Sheffield with recycling, healthy living facilities, a garden centre, cafe, and charity shop.
Day care and training for up to 50 adults with learning difficulties is provided along with vocational training in horticulture for up to 100 unemployed adults, youth activities for up to 2,000 young people (including young people not attending school) and support for over 200 regular volunteers.
Heeley City Farm describes itself as a community or social enterprise; it is committed to supporting those most in need in its community using enterprising methods.
It runs training programmes (including language and Basic Skills support) and creates jobs (by developing mini enterprises).
Emphasis is placed on long term unemployed adults, people with learning disabilities and those suffering disadvantage or discrimination in achieving skills and employment and young people.