City farm sews seeds of future gardening gurus

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Heeley City Farm are hoping to attract some little monsters to their Autumn Show on Sunday…

It’s the Sheffield farm’s 32nd annual celebration of all things growing and they are keen to get children involved in the classes.

Sarah Hardy, the farm’s events and publicity coordinator, said: “We are trying to encourage younger members of the community to be more involved in the produce show. A lot of others can be quite serious but ours is more about having a go and more for fun – although John our Chief Exec can get quite competitive!”

It doesn’t have to be produce that yuoungsters have grown themselves – one of the classes is for vegetable monsters that children have made.

For more green-fingered fun, children’s entertainer Madame Zucchini will be doing some vegetable theatre sessions.

There will also be a chance to find out more about the food-growing projects in the big polytunnel on the farm. One of the workers, Darrell, will be dispensing his wisdom about successful organic growing and showing what the farm does at its 20-plus growing sites in South Yorkshire throughout the year.

Thwere will also be a chance to browse craft, gift, bric a brac and food stalls.

The farm’s Digging Our Roots project officer Sally Rodgers will be running some heritage activities, including demonstrating how to make felt.

And then there’s the annual sheep race back to the stables!

The show at the farm on Richards Road runs from non to 4pm.