Stepney City Farm is a city farm located in the district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London's East End. It is situated on Stepney Way with its entrance on the roundabout leading onto Stepney High Street and Belgrave Street towards Limehouse. The land is owned by Tower Hamlets Council through a trust, "The King George's Fields Trust" chaired by the local mayor (currently Lutfur Rahman).
The farm was founded in 1979 by Lynne Bennett; at that time it was called Stepping Stones. Local residents, schools, churches and community groups were consulted and wasteland left after a World War II bomb destroyed the Stepney Congregational Church in 1941 was secured for the farm's use. The site has been through several incarnations since the 17th century. Worcester house (locally known as King John's Palace) was an original building from which ruins remain onsite, and you can also see the remains of the old Sunday school and the Stepney meeting house.
Known as the Stepping Stones Farm up until 2009 under the management of Lynne Bennett, the 4.2-acre Stepney City Farm is still home to an array of animals but they no longer have any cows (see Lloyd and Leila below). From 2009 - 2012 the farm was technically the legal and financial responsibility of Tower Hamlets Council but is now run by a charity, "Stepney City Farm Ltd", with a 10 year lease as from 2012 (registered in June 2010 as Charity Number 1136448). The most recently published accounts are from financial year 2012_13 as on the Chartity Commission's website.
Additionally they decided to supply halal meat despite some animal welfare concerns because Muslims now comprised the largest local faith group in the borough. The farm also runs workshops in rural crafts through its resident artisans; blacksmith, woodworker and potter. In 2011, the farm changed the use of the largest field on the farm into an 800 square metre community garden with allotments. On 18 May 2013 a cafe and shop selling farm-reared meat and eggs as well as vegetables grown on-site was opened. It is open to the public six days a week. There is a Farmers' Market every Saturday.