About Us

Hempen Co-operative is made up of a bunch of folk who believe that the immense power of the hemp plant should be accessible to everyone! We strive to improve the lives of our community. We actively support the wellbeing of our employees and volunteers as we build a holistic business model based on far more important things than profit.

When we work together, everything gets a whole lot better. We partner with farmers around the UK, offering them guidance on everything from licensing to harvesting this incredible crop. We believe that an ethical world is more than possible. In fact, it’s right around the corner if we know which way to turn!

The Farm

We’ve been on our farm on the Hardwick Estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside since 2015. Although we’re not currently growing hemp at this site, we’ve been collaborating with other organic farmers since 2016. We’re continuing to cultivate close relationships with existing and new hemp farmers around the UK. We help them grow and develop their crops and source our seed-to-shelf UK organic hemp from them to keep up with the rising demand!

Down on the farm, we lovingly craft the hemp plant into premium hemp and CBD products, for health & well-being, culinary and cosmetic use. Being the first and leading UK-grown certified organic hemp farm, we’re always looking to pioneer new solutions. We believe in bringing you the highest quality hemp products. That means growing and producing our own products wherever possible, with the lowest environmental impact and the greatest transparency.

As well as a co-operative we’re also a not-for-profit, which means we’re driven by our values and not by our wallets.

We believe in living in harmony with the land by creating sustainable rural livelihoods. Blessed to exist as a growing community of beautiful people working together towards our shared vision.

The Team

Through the years, many have contributed to building Hempen to what it is now.

At Hempen, self-help, responsibility, equality and solidarity are core values in our organising and decision-making. We regularly meet to discuss both day to day needs, plans for action and wider visions. We use consensus decision-making to ensure all voices are heard and the direction we take reflects our values as a collective. From seed to soil, from plant to oil, all the workers in our co-operative are involved in the discussion and decision-making that feeds our work and our vision.

We have always been, and will be a worker co-operative, whereby Hempen is run by its workers. Those who are involved in the day to day running of the business, are empowered to make those ever important decisions that affect all workers.

Patrick, Member Director, Process and Legal

Zena, Member Director, Production Co-ordinator

Sophia, Member Director, Marketing Co-ordinator

Theo, Member Director, Primary Production

Anaelle, Member Director, Finance

Alongside wonderful employees, volunteers and the wider community!

Hempen Cooperative has a new processing barn part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – this will increase our capacity to handcraft more beautiful products for you, watch this space!

LEADER Programme Chilterns

The European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development