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The current picture of CSA in the UK

A snapshot of CSA in the UK and its impacts CSAs have many public, social and environmental benefits. Our latest member survey and research summarises some of these numerous benefits here. These include: Their are around 230+ CSA farms in the UK, 190 of these are our network members. These... Read More...
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The House of Lords Horticultural Sector Committee’s 2022–23 report

The House of Lords Horticultural Sector Committee’s 2022–23 report, titled “Sowing the Seeds: A Blooming English Horticultural Sector,” focuses on the state and prospects of the horticultural industry. It contains evidence of why this country would benefit from backing its horticultural sector. The document delves into critical aspects, including workforce... Read More...
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Free, Fully-Funded Mentoring Visits in the West of England

Thanks to generous funding from the Postcode Local Trust, we are really pleased to be able to offer six free mentoring day visits to start-up CSAs in the West of England.  The areas covered include Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Any CSA or start-up... Read More...
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Navigating the Community Ownership Fund for Land Stewardship – Free Webinar

Are you part of a land-based project working for social and environmental goals and needing support for your long-term finances? Shared Assets are running a free webinar to empower groups and social enterprises with insights on accessing grants and securing long-term stewardship models for land. The webinar will discuss the... Read More...
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Pest Alert: Colorado potato beetle – July 2023

We’ve had the following warning from Lantra.  Pest Alert : Colorado Potato Beetle An outbreak of Colorado Beetle has been confirmed in Kent. Colorado beetle is not endemic to the UK and is a GB quarantine pest. The outbreak in Kent is in a crop of potatoes and live larvae... Read More...
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Bringing Your Land to Life – Groundswell 2023 Lecture with Ben Raskin and Oli Rodker

Ben Raskin of CSA Network UK, and the Soil Association, together with Oli Rodker of the Ecological Land Cooperative. explore new approaches for farmers and landowners looking to diversify. They focus on agroecological solutions to enhance your farm through building community on and around it, bringing new entrants and their... Read More...
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Cultivating Success

“Cultivating Success” was developed by the Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (a group of industry representatives from across the UK horticulture sector, of which we are a member) to inform the government’s Horticulture Strategy and set out our key short and long-term goals for a thriving UK horticulture sector. Now, more... Read More...
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New Funding – LEAP Initiative from the Real Farm Trust

The Real Farming Trust launched a new funding pot in April 2023., In the second phase of its LEAP initiative, it intends to support more UK small-scale food and farming enterprises The new funding is open to established community food businesses registered in the UK, including Community Interest Companies (CICs),... Read More...
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Finnis Scott Foundation Grants Supporting Projects in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Fine Art & Art History (UK)

UK charities and charitable organisations, including schools and colleges, are eligible to apply for grants from the Finnis Scott Foundation. These are to support projects in horticulture plant sciences, and the study, exhibition and conservation of fine art.   The Foundation is especially interested in supporting horticultural training through bursaries and... Read More...
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Irrigation – A ‘downloadable’ guide and Webinar for new growers by Pete Dollimore

Written by small-scale growing irrigation expert Pete Dollimore, this guide is designed to complement the series of courses that Pete is running on our behalf. Funded by Farming the Future and run with the Organic Growers Alliance and The Gaia Foundations Seed Sovereignty project, this series of webinars are perfect... Read More...
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Webinar – An Introduction to Small-scale Irrigation with Pete Dollimore – Recorded Tuesday 18th April 2023

Join Pete Dollimore as he talks us through his updated guide to irrigation for small-scale growers. The guide gives an overview of the commonly used installations with details of concepts, terminology, equipment, design and some related aspects to consider.  It will also provide tools and techniques to help growers estimate... Read More...
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Planning for Uncertainty: Contingency Planning for Small Farms – Workshop

What do you do when things go wrong? Having a plan to deal with uncertain times is a good thing to have right now. Suzy Russell of CSA Network UK gives us a planning tool for assessing risk. Katy Barker of Growing Communities looks at how to improve resilience by... Read More...
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Growing peg plants – bare root transplants – Webinar

This webinar explored the potential of ‘peg plants’ as an agroecological and sustainable alternative to transplants in modules and blocks. It covered the opportunities and challenges of growing peg plants. What crops are best-suited? How much space do you need? How do the costs compare? Do I need to change... Read More...
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Grants to help communities tackle food and the climate and nature emergency – Deadline Friday 10th February

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to any UK local food partnership, local authority or community group. These grants are part of Sustain’s Food for the Planet project. Find out more here. Read More...
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Winter Brassicas For Continuity – Webinar

Brassicas are the biggest and most valuable crop family for winter sales. How can growers provide continuity in an uncertain climate? The summer heatwave and the mild autumn have played havoc with many brassica growers continuity plans. How can growers plan their cropping plans to be resilient? We are joined... Read More...
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Growing and Storing Vegetables in the Winter – Webinar Recorded 29th November 2022

Recording made November 2022 This webinar looks at topics such as the challenges of growing at northerly latitudes, infrastructure, timing plantings, selecting crop varieties, maintaining variety in veg boxes and storing vegetables. It’s aimed at a Scottish CSA audience but may interest any market gardeners. We are very grateful to... Read More...
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Diversifying your CSA in Scotland – Webinar Recorded 22nd November 2022

CSAs diversify their offering in many ways, varying routes for sales, but how do CSAs choose which are right for them? How do different types of enterprise work within a CSA model? In this webinar recording, we will hear from four farms that have diversified in various ways and the... Read More...
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Rotations for Protected Cropping – Webinar

This webinar explores the complex art of designing rotations for polytunnels and greenhouses. Growing in tunnels and greenhouses agroecologically means embracing diversity, including plants to encourage predators and pollinators, as well as green manures for soil health. A huge range of crops can be grown under protection, which is great... Read More...

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