Help transform a Hackney shop into a town centre farm

Residents are being invited to roll up their sleeves and help transform an empty shop in Dalston into a working farm, as part of a town centre project supported by Hackney Council.

Eco-designers Something & Son will create Farm:Shop at 20 Dalston Lane, E8, and are looking for volunteers to get stuck in every Saturday until the grand opening in September.

Mini fish farms, rooftop chicken coops and an indoor hydroponic allotment are among the eco and agricultural innovations volunteers will help to create. Something & Son aim to grow as much food as possible over the next year, which will be served in the shop cafe and sold to nearby restaurants.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: "Farm:Shop captures the essence of Dalston as a place where passions for art and culture mix with efforts to improve the environment. Like the Barbican’s project in Dalston last year, The Dalston Mill, Farm:Shop creatively uses an empty space for a positive means. The Council will continue to support projects like this, and I hope that residents enjoy getting involved with Farm:Shop.”

Farm:Shop is the second in a series of projects supported by Hackney Council to bring empty shops back to life. The projects are financed by central government funding awarded to the Council, and are designed to provide temporary activities that will benefit Hackney s residents and visitors.

The first project is a pop-up art gallery in a former post office which runs until 26 September. POSTED explores the post and our postal heritage through art exhibitions, performances and workshops and brings the empty property at 67 Wilton Way, E8, back into community use. POSTED is directed and curated by Julia Royse and presents artwork by established and emerging artists including Tracey Emin, Polly Morgan and Adam Dix. Find out more:

In addition, the programme has also supported two exhibitions of work by local artists in the new library building at Dalston Square, under the direction of curator Rose Lejeune.

Volunteer to help create Farm:Shop -

Volunteer days will run every Saturday at 20 Dalston Lane, E8, from 10am- 7pm until 18 September. Free tea and cakes are provided. To find out more or get involved e-mail: or visit: