The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a community-run inner city farm situated on the Yarra River in the Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford, Australia.
The farm is open to the public all year round and visitors may explore the grounds at their own leisure or take advantage of a guided tour.
The first Sunday of every month is a Family Day with a barbecue and rides for the children. The farm also hosts a popular monthly Farmers' market selling fresh produce from the farm and dozens of other Victorian producers. Over summer, the farm holds a small open-air film festival as an extra fundraiser.
The farm boasts an extensive range of animals from earthworms and peacocks to goats, sheep, horses, ducks, pigs, chickens, donkeys and guinea pigs.
The farm began in 1979, with a community committee leasing a small plot of Crown land next to the Yarra River, used by market gardeners. Funding has come from various sources over the years and now entrance fees and donations make up the bulk of the foundations. The farm relies immensely on community effort with staff, volunteers and young people working collaboratively to maintain the farm.
Visitors are able to try their hand at cow-milking. Produce from the animals, such as honey, earthworm castings, and even peacock feathers are for sale from the farm.
Cyclists and pedestrians will often take a journey along the Yarra River Trail as it passes through the Collingwood Children's Farm, following the Yarra River from the city to Dights Falls and further afield. (...) more…
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