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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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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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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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Using Perennials in CSAs and Market Gardens – Webinar Recorded 30 November 2022

About this event Join Mandy Barber of Incredible Vegetables and Ryan Sandford-Blackburn of Earthed Up! to explore the potential of perennials. We will look at the benefits, which species may make sense, perennials for seed crops, integration into an annual layout and use at the edges. After watching this recording,... Read More...
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Fair income for fair food; solidarity payments for CSA farms. Webinar recorded July 2022

CSA growers work hard to grow food, but this isn’t always reflected in their wages. Perhaps there is another way of doing things? Enjoy and learn from this webinar recording. Food solidarity and access to food for all is something many CSAs and small-scale farms aspire to address. However, it’s... Read More...
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Seed Banks & Libraries: Preserving and Accessing Biodiversity – Webinar

Seed banks and seed libraries play an important role in both conserving our heritage and ensuring our future. With the huge decline in both our native flora and vegetable cultivars, as well as the reality of climate change, it is now more important than ever that we conserve and protect... Read More...
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The Grain Chain: Arable Crops in Market Gardens – Webinar

A resurgent interest in all things grain has presented opportunities for market gardeners to diversify their cropping and try something new. Many growers will be familiar with sowing grains as a green manure but taking a crop to full term is a different proposition. Tune in to hear a few... Read More...
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Green Manures for no-till market gardens – Webinar

This webinar set out to address how we can better incorporate green manures into organic no-dig or min-till vegetable systems. Green manures are a very important part of organic vegetable systems but often under-used in no-dig or minimum tillage situations. They can be perceived as difficult to handle and kill... Read More...
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Seeds of Crisis, Movement and Liberation – Webinar Recording May 2022

Join Christian Keeve to learn more about the political ecologies, cooperative geographies, knowledge politics of seed keeping, and seed grower networks. This webinar is a partnership between the CSA Network UK, the Seed Sovereignty Programme run by the Gaia Foundation and the Organic Growers Alliance and forms part of a... Read More...
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UK Fibre Industry Unpicked: Could You Grow Your Own Clothes? – Webinar

UK Fibre Industry Unpicked: Could You Grow Your Own Clothes? Landworkers’ Alliance webinar from April 27th 2022 focussing on UK fibre and textile industry. Hosted by Robyn Minogue, guest speakers Emma Hague, Rosie Bristow and Sofi Thanhauser. Read More...
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Starting up a CSA – Step by step through 12 years

There aren’t many CSA’s that have been running for 12 years in the UK. Chagfood in Devon was started by Ed Hamer and it’s rightly seen as a successful example of the CSA model here in the UK. Ed recently delivered a presentation taking the audience through the establishment, development... Read More...
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Governance for your CSA

Are you trying to work out how to set up your CSA? However you look at it, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm project is a business. Somewhere along the line, you have to get your business head on and work out how this thing is going to work. Like... Read More...
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The Wonders of Woodchip

Woodchip and mulches are underused tools in small-scale farming and have the potential to bring huge benefits to your growing enterprise without costing the planet.  In this video, Ben talks about how woodchip can be used as a natural mulch for weed suppression, as a growing medium for propagating plants,... Read More...

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