How does the scheme work?

Veg Shares – your share of the harvest

Join our  Community Supported Agriculture scheme and you can subscribe for a ‘Veg Share’. You pay a monthly share of the costs of growing the produce and receive a weekly bag of seasonal veg as your share of the harvest. It’s harvested fresh each week and delivered local hubs for collection.

What’s do you get in a veg bag?

You get a share of whatever’s ready to harvest each week so it’s genuinely seasonal. You’ll be eating things like tomatoes, beans and courgettes in the summer, Brussels sprouts, parsnips and kale in the winter and plenty of salads and leafy greens most of the year.

The produce is grown Organically at Bennison Farm in Thorrington near Colchester.

Click here for more about the contents and size of the veg shares.

Two simple steps to sign up:

1) Join as a social member

You’ll be invited to our social events and work days and receive regular updates from the farm. Membership costs £24 (£12 concs.) per household per year. It pays for things for the members like social events, tools for workdays and some admin costs.

2) Subscribe for a Veg Share

Once you are a CSA member you can subscribe for a Veg Share. You pay your share of the costs of growing the food by monthly standing order. In return you receive a weekly veg bag as your share of the harvest which you collect from your local hub.

Veg Share Prices

There are three sizes of Veg Share available. A small being suitable for a single person or a couple and a large for a hungry family. We also offer fortnightly Veg Shares at half the monthly cost.

 Small: £34.23 per month – equivalent to £7.90 per week

Medium: £49.83 per month – equivalent to £11.50 per week

Large: £72.58 per month – equivalent to £16.75 per week

Click here for more about the contents and size of the veg shares.

Collection Hubs

Wivenhoe – Station Pub car park, West St. (Monday from 5pm)

Colchester – Church Walk off Head St. (Thursday from 5pm)

Lawford – The Apricot Centre, Hungerdown Lane. (Thursday from 5pm)

Brightlingsea – Victoria Place. (Thursday from 5pm)

Helping on the Farm

Member are invited to workdays where the can meet the growers, see how their food is grown and lend a hand. This team effort is especially helpful with big jobs such as potato harvesting and onion planting.

There are also less physical ways you can contribute such as helping out at social events or promoting the scheme at local events.

Notice to Leave

We ask members for a minimum of 2 months notice to leave the scheme. This gives us time to find a replacement member and therefore maintain a steady income.

Holiday

We rely on Veg Share members paying a regular share of the costs, so it is not possible to take a holiday from paying when you go on holiday. If you are away we suggest that you offer your Veg Share to friends or just let us know not to harvest for you that week.

If you go away a lot then a fortnightly bag would offer you a little more flexabilty.

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