Infinity Farm was initiated in Belfast in 2016 by two visual artists; Colm Clarke and Tonya McMullan, the project begun as an extension of an art practise that explored the environment and started with locating concrete in between spaces in the city and planting these up with herbs and other pollinator friendly plants. The idea was to make the local environment more visually appealing as well as helping the insect population to survive and flourish. The stock of herbs grown were then used in creative workshops and events engaging the public and drawing attention to these spaces.
The name Infinity Farm was chosen to draw attention to the fact that the possibilities for urban farming are endless, there need not be a definitive border - the farm can exist anywhere and belong to everyone. This is especially important in a divided city such as Belfast.
Tonya and Colm are also beekeepers and begun to find a way to incorporate this interest into Infinity Farm, making beekeeping visible and accessible to people in cities alongside helping to address the global issue of pollinator decline.
Eventually we were given our first site to set up an urban apiary - the roof of an old bank in East Belfast that was managed by an artist collective 'Vault Studios' who kindly offered Infinity the Farm the chance to prove that beekeeping in a built up inner city environment is possible.
Since then the beekeeping aspect of Infinity Farm has become the main focus - the reason for this is that the world of the honey bees is so utterly fascinating and can be a very direct way to engage people and raise awareness of issues such as pollinator decline. Infinity Farm has since moved away rom the bank as the building was sold, our new locations are the Skainos centre rooftop in inner east Belfast, Helen's Bay walled garden and the rooftop of Cyprus Avenue restaurant on the Newtownards Road.