Thank you for a wonderful 2019
We'll see you again next Summer!
The Cafe is a Community Interest Company with three central aims:
Promoting Hogacre Common Eco Park
The Eco Park is our home, and a place for the public to engage with local wildlife, environmental issues, and low-carbon ways of living. The Cafe hosts events, shares information, and provides a meeting place to promote the Eco Park’s goals.
We work especially closely with OxGrow, our neighbouring community garden within the Eco Park. The Cafe brings OxGrow volunteers together to relax and chat over a free communal meal after a hard day’s work.
More information about the Eco Park can be found on the Hogacre Common website - and if you want to get involved at Hogacre or at Oxgrow, please see our "Get Involved" section below!
Putting Good Food to Good Use
The Cafe engages with environmentally sound food habits, through vegetarian and vegan cooking and the use of local suppliers. We make use of surplus food from our partners OxGrow and the Oxford Food Bank, with our Food Waste Ambassadors sharing their recipes, ideas, and techniques for making the most of food that might otherwise be thrown away.
To find out more about Oxford Food Bank and how they help charities and social organisations access a wide range of good quality food, take a look at their website.
Investing In Local People
The Cafe will be working with local employment charity Aspire to offer work experience and support local people to move towards and into employment.
To find out more about Aspire and their work supporting homeless and disadvantaged people across Oxfordshire, visit their website.
All of our trainees, volunteers, and paid staff are offered training and opportunities to take on leadership roles in the growth and development of the Cafe.
Volunteer with the Cafe
We're currently looking to expand our Leadership Team for 2020! Find out more here.
If you're interested in other volunteering possibilities, send us an email.
Join the monthly work party at Hogacre Common
On the fourth Sunday of every month, 2-4pm, we get together to take care of the common and help Hogacre thrive. Jobs include removing tree guards, staking trees, labelling fruit trees, planting meadow flower seeds, cutting fire wood, building raised beds on the hard tennis court and much more! No experience neccessary, all welcome.
Get involved in our community garden OxGrow
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 12-4pm, OxGrowers gather at Hogacre's community allotment to learn new skills, help plant, grow and reap the harvest. No experience neccessary, all welcome.