At the heart of Snakehall Farm you will find our Tea Barn. It is named for its purpose….tea! The Tea Barn is our largest indoor space for our farming and gardening teams. Co-workers come to the Tea Barn at the start of their day, make their cuppas, store their packed lunches in the fridges and head off to the Boot Room to get their feet ready for the farm.
The Tea Barn is the community hub of the farm. Tt is where the Co-workers get involved in deciding who is doing what job at the start of the day. It is kept warm in winter with our log burner and cool in summer. The Tea Barn is a great place to meet new friends over the tea break or learn new things from each other over lunch. We also use this space for meetings and seasonal projects. It is a multi-use room put to good use daily.
The Co-worker’s finish their day in the Tea Barn too, coming back from the fields, polytunnels and customer gardens to update their Co-worker Goal Progress files.
In November 2015 we rallied our farm friends to the call of #happytomatoes asking everyone in East Anglia and beyond to VOTE PROSPECTS in the ITV Big Lottery Peoples Million’s Campaign. YOU VOTED = WE WON! Thanks to this grant we now boast a bespoke, fully accessible training kitchen in our Tea Barn. With the commercial help of Howdens Kitchens, ECL Ductwork, Nisbetts, rh Hall combined with the talents of our amazing Kitchen Fitters Gary “no problem” Martin, Pete “Can I stay here forever” Hedges and the re-named Mr Granite we now have a very shiny new kitchen at Snakehall Farm. Mamma Julie and our Co-worker Kitchen Crew now transform seasonal surplus stock into a wonderfully unique produce range of chutneys, jams and preserves.
Again the name says it all. The Big Barn is where we keep the big “stuff”. Home to our vehicles, lawnmowers and tools, as well as being used as the largest undercover work area. We have the Big Barn zoned into areas, from a woodworking area to the potting machine, we don’t mind the floor getting muddy but you do need to put your tools back into the right place.
The home to our famous Snakehall Sparkly Reindeer! The Farm and Garden Teams collaborated to construct a fully accessible workshop inside the existing Big Barn on the farm. The hardworking teams have built an internal workshop within the Big Barn, using up-cycled, re-cycled and donated materials. It has a mezzanine floor so we can store all the essentials a farm needs, it is insulated so our Co-workers can escape the cold fields in the wintertime and with your help it has been kitted out with tools on toolboards to make this a fully functioning Woodwork Workshop.
We are always seeking hand tools, electrical tools and the finishing touches to turn this super new space into a special farm facility that all can access, learn and create new Prospects Products. We have been very lucky to secure a grant of £5,000 from The Screwfix Foundation, electrical donations from McLatchie Electrical and lots of pre-loved tools from sheds across Cambridgeshire to help this new venture grow.
Our feathered flock of egg laying ladies really enjoy their new found freedom of the farm. Mostly ex-battery hens they enjoy a new way of life and repay us with lots of lovely eggs. The original hen house was our first charity HQ, a 1960s caravan, demonstrating our organisational growth and also our zeal to up-cycle. Our girls have outgrown this coop and now have a bespoke build super roost. We have just relocated our ladies to a new hen area, with 2 shelters, more room to range in and even their own chicken swing. With an “eggstatic” round of applause to our Corporate Volunteers; Skanska, Manit Construction and Astra Zenica, who all gave their time, expertise and sheer physical might – the flock is happily roosting in their new home.
Snakehall eggs are available in our farm shop for a donation and our feathered friends are a great project for our Co-workers to get involved in caring for animals. If you are interested in sponsoring the Snakehall Hall Farm Egg project or even adopting one of our girls we would love to hear from you.
Take a step into our Reception (wipe your feet first please) where you will receive a cheerful welcome. The Reception, formerly the main farm office, is where the meeting and greeting takes place, the phones are answered and the admin is done.
Our office was once a small work space but with the farm growing, the office and its team have grown with it. We were lucky enough to get support from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation & RTF, who kindly funded our office expansion. The works on the office started late September 2018 and through sheer determination and disregard for what the wonderful English weather decided to throw at them Tom, Mark and team had the new office extension up and running in November. With the new layout we are able to take on more and make the main office the hub of the administrative side of the charity, where meetings can be held and decisions made.