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What’s in it for you?

If you’re a member of CSA Network UK, you should have received our recent email asking if you can complete our annual survey. The words you never want to hear, “can I ask you to fill in our survey?”  I get it.  I have an ‘anti-survey defence radar system’ in... Read More...
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Paid to have children on your farm?

We’ve all heard the story of the city kid who didn’t know carrots grow in the ground or that milk came out of a cow. You would hope that things are better these days and children are taught more in schools about where their food comes from. Just knowing where... Read More...
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Defra consultation – banning the retail sale of peat for horticulture

Defra are requesting input to their current consultation on banning the retail sale of peat for use in horticulture. Peat is an brilliant medium for growing plants in. It retains moisture and I’m sure that many growers (including domestic ones) would struggle to produce a decent plant without it. However,... Read More...
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Could community farm ownership help UK food security?

How a national crisis of family-owned farms presents an opportunity for a new generation of community owners Across the UK around 120,000 family-owned businesses are planning to retire or transfer ownership over the next few years (ONS), but two-thirds of these owners still do not have a succession plan. With... Read More...

CSA Network UK weekend gathering and AGM

Join us for our weekend gathering and AGM from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 12th October at Gibside Community Farm. Accommodation is available in the Gibside bunkhouse on Friday and Saturday nights and we’ll be having a get together on Saturday after the main event.  Book your tickets here Read More...

Sims Hill Recruiting a Trainee Grower

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a Community Supported Agriculture cooperative based in Frenchay on the edge of Bristol. They are seeking applicants for the post of Seasonal Trainee Grower to assist their Farm Manager and Assistant Grower team during the busier summer months. Sims Hill Shared Harvest grows mixed vegetables... Read More...

Help Sims Hill Grow a Grower

For 2019 Sims Hill Shared Harvest wants to grow a grower. This Bristol-based CSA wants to start offering training opportunities to share their abundance of skills and knowledge with the next generation of growers. This year they would like to offer a 2 day a week paid trainee role for... Read More...

The Community Farm launches £20K fundraiser for new kit

The Community Farm has launched a £20,000 appeal to help support their future growth. The 15-acre organic farm, located between Bristol and Bath, needs to update its aging equipment so they can continue providing opportunities, and making a difference to the community. The funds will pay for key pieces of kit,... Read More...

Community Supported Agriculture & Livestock (Part 1)

There’s been a great deal of research on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and related models of alternative agriculture, but very little attention has been paid as to how animals fit into such systems. Horticultural forms of CSA have dominated research despite a growing number of projects in the UK farming... Read More...

Getting a better deal for CSA farms

Small producers get a rough deal when it comes to Government support. This is not news to anyone involved in small scale farming and that includes that vast majority of CSA projects in the UK. Because support payments are based on the physical size of the holding those who have... Read More...

Notes from the Welsh CSA gathering: Rupert Dunn

On Saturday February 14, an intrepid group of people interested and engaged in community supported agriculture all over Wales, converged at Canalside Community Food to learn from one of the most successful CSA’s in the UK. Canalside have 120 member households receiving vegetables, all produced on the farm for 52... Read More...

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