Hempsals Community Farm is a CSA project set up by Ben and Emma Tregenna just outside the village of Willingham, near Cambridge. We have 5 acres of farmland that we use for growing fruit and vegetables and keeping pigs, goats, geese, chickens, ducks and bees. Our vision is of a community growing scheme where committed members bring together a variety of skills and ideas to share in the both the risks and benefits of the harvest. With a community farm, we can all share in keeping different types of livestock and growing a variety of produce that would be very hard to achieve individually in back gardens or on allotments.
What is CSA?
Community Supported agriculture is a partnership between farmers and the local community, providing mutual benefits and reconnecting the people to the land where their food is grown.
Key benefits to our members include:
- Receive fresh food from a known source
- Environmental benefits of fewer ‘food miles’, less packaging and ecologically sensitive farming with improved animal welfare
- Ability to participate in all aspects of food production without having to take on sole responsibility for such a wide range of produce
- Have an influence over the local landscape and encourage sustainable farming
- Become involved in a community of like-minded people, with opportunities for social contact and learning new skills
Our key objectives:
- To provide good quality, local food to members using sustainable agricultural techniques
- To build a community who work together to share in the risks and rewards of farming
- To help members to eat locally and seasonally
- To be good stewards of our land by managing and enhancing its natural resources
What does this actually mean for you?
We hope to build a community of approximately 20 households, where the members come together to produce their own food using sustainable agricultural techniques. The bulk of the day-to-day farming is undertaken by the Tregenna family but we organise two volunteer sessions a week (Wed afternoon/Saturday morning) for members to get involved with planting, harvesting, weeding etc or simply to visit and see the animals and what is happening on the farm. Members will be able to collect their weekly food share at these times. We also organise a number of work and social days when we undertake specific projects such as erecting fencing or planting fruit trees. If there are people who would like to be members but who are unable to contribute with physical labour, there is a very diverse variety of other skills needed such as administration, accountancy, horticultural knowledge etc so please feel able to contribute in other ways. Details of this year’s scheme are available here.
For more information or to become a member please contact Ben or Emma Tregenna by:
Telephone: 01954 261775.
Or post: Hempsals Farmhouse, Meadow Road, Willingham, Cambs, CB24 5JL.