Read more about the Food Hub in our Food Hub Brochure.
Who is behind the Project?
The Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub is the first project of Harmony Food Hubs. Our vision is to have local food hubs across the country – starting with Cambridge.
What is our Mission Statement?
‘To significantly increase the amount of locally and sustainably produced food that is consumed in Cambridge using processes and facilities that are as environmentally sustainable as possible and with an ethical business model that aims to provide value to its customers, suppliers, employees, owners, the local community and the environment in equal measure.’
What is the Food Hub?
The Food Hub is going to be a significant food storage and distribution centre, small business incubator, shop and cafe that will service the whole of Cambridge City and surrounding area.
Key features of the Food Hub will be…
At the heart of the Food Hub will be a food store that will predominantly be filled with food that has come directly from farms that are local to Cambridge. This will be a place where trade buyers and chefs can come and be inspired by the very best produce that our local area has to offer.
There will be a shop and a cafe so that people can visit the Food Hub and reconnect with their food and the way that it is produced. Small businesses who work in the incubator kitchens will each have their own ‘shop window’ in the retail area. This is not going to be another high-end farm shop, but an entirely new concept in food retail.
The Food Hub will have a number of small business incubator kitchen units in which the ingredients in the food store can be transformed into all sorts of marvellous products. There will also be a training kitchen.
There will also be a large general purpose area which will be available for food-related community events, such as farmer’s markets, pop-up dining events or conferencing.
Where is it going to be?
The Food Hub location is not fixed for certain, but we have two promising options:
The first is a site just 10 kilometers to the south of Cambridge, near the village of Hinxton. It will be part of a wider AgriTech development planned by Smithson Hill, where researchers will tackle global questions relating to agriculture and the food chain. The developers are also hoping to create a new, public country park in the land next to the Food Hub so the location will be the perfect destination for a day out.
The second is in Northstowe, a new town north-west of Cambridge, and a similar distance from the centre of Cambridge as Hinxton. Northstowe is one of the NHS’s 10 Healthy New Towns so it would be a good fit for the Food Hub, which aims to reduce health inequalities. This location involves us working with the support of partners such as South Cambridgeshire District Council, Homes England, and GVA.
More details, such as regarding access links, will be added as the project progresses.