Fentenfenna Farm Community Workshop

Fentenfenna Farm Community Workshop

Lead Organisation: Fentenfenna Farm CIC

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: Community Levelling Up

SPF awarded : £92,000

Location: Ruthvoes, St Columb Major

Fentenfenna Farm is a Cornwall Council farm providing a multiple occupancy approach that supports new entrants into the sector through access to land, buildings and business support. The farm currently has 8 tenants, ranging from a market garden, tree nursery, woodturner, beekeepers and workshops.


In 2021 the farm received funding from Public Health to build a 200m2 kitchen facility with the aim of supporting emergency food processing and distribution to community groups across mid-Cornwall.


The organisation will work with a range of delivery partners in the most deprived and hardest to reach areas across Cornwall to instil vital food skills, and develop self-sufficiency, alongside a range of employability skills allowing people to enter into careers within the agri-food and hospitality sectors.


They will also collect waste food from as far as Plymouth and distribute it to multiple community organisations across mid-Cornwall using their fleet of two electric vans and two large refrigerated vehicles, with an in house driver supported by volunteer drivers.


Much of the salvaged waste food tends to be close to, or past expiry, so extending the life of this food is vital to ensure more people can access it. The process will focus on high nutrient density healthy juices and preserved ingredients that support a balanced diet.


Having developed the structure of the facility, there is a requirement for processing equipment to ensure highly nutritious food can be processed for community organisations.


This project will therefore purchase the equipment required to process, preserve, and pack the food. This will include a pasteuriser, variable capacity storage tanks, canning line, dry store racking and a bottling and bagging system.


The project has also secured funding to install a 50kw solar array and battery storage that will power all Food Hub operations. This combined with the natural spring and borehole already present at the farm will mean they are close to off-grid, and will achieve a better than net-zero operating model that can be replicated in other areas in Cornwall, through the Council Farms estate, as well as national replication opportunities.



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