Square Mile Farms has partnered with chic workplace and restaurant Devonshire Square to create a vibrant community farm for city workers
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Square Mile Farms has partnered with chic workplace and restaurant Devonshire Square to create a vibrant community farm for city workers

Square Mile Farms brings farming back to the heart of the city with its stunning Devonshire Square location. A vibrant five-acre square home to some of London’s most exciting restaurants and businesses, a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street and Spitalfields Market.

From late June through July, Square Mile Farms will host engaging urban farming experiences where fresh herbs and vegetables will be grown and the harvest shared with the local community through a programme of events.

Devonshire Square is home to a selection of great restaurants with cuisines from around the world. Square Mile Farms has partnered with two restaurants where chefs will use herbs to create classic Italian dishes and modern Indian street food.

Enoteca da Luca’s head chef Giuseppe Ferreri will prepare the classic Ligurian dish Trofie al Pesto, using fragrant basil grown on an urban farm, for Devonshire Square staff and guests to sample during an aperitif (5-6pm) on Tuesday 2nd July.

Moving to another continent, chef Raju Ramachandran of Cinnamon Kitchen will be preparing an inspiring array of entrees infused with freshly picked herbs, including stir-fried shrimp with red chard, chicken tikka with thyme and cilantro, and Indo-Chinese fried paneer peppers in romaine lettuce. Visit the urban farm on July 16 from 12:30-1:30pm to avoid disappointment.

Square Mile Farms has partnered with chic workplace and restaurant Devonshire Square to create a vibrant community farm for city workers

Andy Booth, Director of Devonshire Square Offices, says:

“Nuveen is delighted to be partnering with Square Mile Farms to deliver a new urban farm to the City of London this summer. Devonshire Square is a green oasis in the heart of citiesand this concept adds another dimension to the garden aesthetic that makes the square such a peaceful oasis for workers and visitors.

There are so many benefits to seeing locally produced, grown and harvested produce, from educating children and providing learning opportunities for local people, to using them as ingredients in our diverse restaurants

During the summer months, one of the Devonshire Square courtyards will have a huge outdoor screen showing all the big sporting events, including Wimbledon. We can’t promise a British finalist, but we can promise ice cream from Cinnamon Kitchen. During the Wimbledon matches, guests will be able to enjoy delicious, refreshing lemon basil ice cream, made with organic lemons and basil grown on an urban farm.

Patrick Dumas, CEO of Square Mile Farms, says:

“There is nothing more satisfying than freshly grown produce, handpicked, that you have watched grow and flourish with your own eyes. Coming together to enjoy abundance and share has long been a part of the human experience. Our indoor community farm represents a significant step toward sustainable urban living and community engagement.”

In addition to working with restaurants, Square Mile Farms will also host workshops, cooking demonstrations and share knowledge with the local community and schools to show how we can live more sustainably while still enjoying the food we love.

Square Mile Farms will grow 10 different plants using advanced hydroponic systems to deliver aromatic, locally grown flavors.

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