UK: Hemp farm recognized as sanctuary for refugees

Hempen runs community days for people seeking asylum in the UK and allows them to grow their own food on the site instead of relying on food banks.

The farm is run as a workers’ co-operative and grows hemp, which is a strain of the cannabis plant that is used to make a variety of health and wellbeing products including CBD oil.

It has been given a Garden of Sanctuary award by City of Sanctuary, an organisation aiming to make towns and cities across the UK welcoming places for refugees.

Representatives of the Reading group visited the farm to present the award to Hempen, along with Peter Dragonetti, who represents Goring Heath on South Oxfordshire District Council. The presentation took place in the farm’s “garden of sanctuary”.

The farm runs community days every Tuesday as part of a community outreach project called Growing Solidarity.


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