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Gorgie City Farm

Located some 3 miles (5 km) southwest of central Edinburgh, in the Gorgie District, is the City Farm. Developed by the local community on 0.8 ha (2 acres) of derelict ground owned by the local authority, this working farm opened in 1982 and provides an educational resource as well as being a tourist attraction. Today the farm includes cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry, together with pet rabbits, tortoises and a pony, all looked after by a professional staff and enthusiastic volunteers. There is also an organic vegetable garden, a herb garden and a wildlife garden. The farm regularly enter their stock at agricultural shows and particular success came when one of their Shetland sheep was named Supreme Champion at the 1989 Royal Highland Show.

The farm boasts a cafe, an education centre, which provides courses for both adults and school-children, and a craft workshop, which holds classes in spinning, weaving, woodworking and pottery.

The site of the farm had operated as a waste depot by the Edinburgh Corporation until the 1930s, with horse-drawn refuse carts depositing their loads in wagons which were then taken off via the railway, which still passes to the west of the farm, to dump-sites outside the city. Thereafter it was used for civil-defence training and then lay derelict.


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