Our Roots

A long time ago, Joe had a vision to harness the enormous potential of the hemp plant to create sustainable rural communities around its production. In 2014, he convinced a friendly organic farmer on the Hardwick Estate in Oxfordshire of the agronomic benefits of the miraculous plant. The farmer agreed to sow an experimental crop, and the first seeds of Hempen were planted.

The following year, 27 acres were planted. With a bumper crop, Joe gathered a group of friends who shared his belief in the possibilities the plant offered. Hempen was formed as a worker co-operative in 2015 for the equitable, sustainable and ethical production of hemp products – for health & well-being, culinary and cosmetic use.

Despite the challenges of the last few years, we’re still growing – in highly specialist knowledge and expertise, in partner farms, in our network and in our belief in the benefits of this plant for people, community and planet.

We’re grateful for the incredible team of dedicated co-operative members, employees and committed volunteers who help us realise our mission. We hope to bring hemp to as many people as possible.

Most of all, we would like to thank our wonderful customers, supporters and friends, who are the reason we can keep bringing hemp to the people!

Our community and work at Hempen is only here because of the love for the hemp plant!