Sat 19 Jul 2014
It was another lovely summer’s day in Edinburgh, so my husband and I took our one year old daughter to Gorgie City Farm. It is a community owned initiative open 7 days a week, created to teach the children and adults of the city about farming and food production.
Because the weather was so nice, the small car park was full when we arrived. However it only took five minutes for a space to free up. As we got out of the car, my daughter was immediately excited to see the chickens, shouting and pointing at them.
The farm was bigger than I expected, with lots of different animals to look at. It was quite busy with parents and young children, who all seemed to be enjoying themselves. We saw sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, tortoises, guinea pigs, birds and a cow called Fudge. It was possible to get up close to most of the farm animals and my daughter had fun petting the sheep and feeding dandelion leaves to the goats.
Gorgie City Farm runs on charitable donations and grants. It costs them approximately £900 per day to run the farm, so I think the suggested donation of £2 per visitor is an excellent price. Well worth it for a lovely family day out. It is particularly great for little children who live in the city, as they rarely get the chance to see real farm animals.
There is a cafe on site serving drinks and homemade hot meals and snacks all day. We didn’t have time to go in, but I am planning to return soon to try it out.
Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA