“Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.” – CSA Network
Our members commit to paying regular a share of the costs of producing their food in return for a share of our harvest. This give us a secure steady income and a regular market for our produce. With no middle person and minimal distribution the food is good value for money and we get paid a fair price
1. KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM
Members get to know the people who grow their food, visit the farm and observe the methods of production at open days and farm walks. This gives consumers confidence in the quality of the their food and trust in the people who produce it.
2. GET INVOLVED
Members have the opportunity to get involved in producing their food. At workdays members can help out with tasks on the farm. The farm benefits from the extra labour which helps keep costs down. Members get to enjoy some fresh air and a bit of exercise in the country side and learn about what it takes to produce their food.
3. HAVE YOUR SAY
With no middle person CSA provides an opportunity for direct communication between producer and consumer. This makes it much easier for consumers to give feedback about the product or service and for the farmer to respond.
In addition to workdays, social events such as barbeques, bonfires and picnics allow members to get to know one another and relax and enjoy spending time together outdoors. This helps to build a community around the farm which helps keep a stable customer base for the farmer.
Watch the video below to learn about the benefits of Community Supported Agriculture.