Open day events listings

CSA Network UK Open Day - 1 October

Events

Our CSA Network UK Open Day is an opportunity for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) schemes across the country to open their doors to the general public and raise awareness about what CSA is all about. Here are some of the events that took place in 2016.

Banc Organics

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 7pm

Details: Harvest Festival – bring and share meal in the village hall

Address:Bancffosfelen hall,Heol y Banc (B4306),Carmarthenshire,SA15 5DP

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/banc-organics/

Bosavern Community Farm

Date: Sunday 2 October 1-4pm

Details: Join us for farm tours, cake and soup, crafts and games as part of the CSA Network UK open weekend. You can also get involved with planting and sowing in our Grow Wild bee garden. Or just come and pick blackberries from our bursting hedges! 1 – 4 pm free and open to all.

Address: Bosavern Community Farm, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 7RD.

Brighton CSA – Fork and Dig It

Date: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October

Details: Open for site tours. Come up and visit our beautiful site and learn about your local organic community supported agriculture scheme. Refreshments available. Saturday 12-2pm – tea,coffee,cake and cordial. Sunday 2-6pm – clay-baked pizza, freshly-picked salad, fruit cordial

Address: Brighton CSA – Fork and Dig ItStanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, East Sussex Brighton . BN1 9PZ

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/brighton-community-supported-agriculture-fork-dig/

Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture

Date: Sunday 2 October 2016 2pm

Details: Come and relax with good company and good food at the farm. A COCA communal Sunday Lunch/ Harvest Feast to celebrate the year, the veggies, and the people that together make COCA what it is. Bring food and drink to share, and please bring your own plates and cutlery. We will have an apple press there, and hopefully a BBQ or giant wok going as well to cook on/with. In the new Straw Bale building at the farm Children and friends welcome.

RSVP to Gill on gill@coca-csa.org or 07810 620 155

Address: Caerhys Organic Farm, Berea, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6DX

Cae Tan CSA

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Cae Tan CSA is in its second year of production. We now have over 90 member households making us the largest CSA in Wales. We will be holding our first AGM on the evening of 1st October 2016.

This evening will focus on raising awareness of what CSA is & how members can become more involved. We will be showing a short film & various members & volunteers will present different aspects of the project for group discussion.

Address: Cae Tan, Gower Peninsula
Please contact Tom O’Kane for detailed location 07791 696848, Swansea Wales

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/cae-tan-csa/

Camel Community Supported Agriculture

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016  11am-3pm

Details: Apple juicing, tours of field and polytunnels, family activities, hot and cold drinks, homemade cake. Bring your own lunch to enjoy in our picnic area

Address: Camel CSA, beside St Kew Golf Club, St Kew Highway, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL30 3EF

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/camel-csa/

Canalside Community Food

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Apple pressing from 11am – bring apples to press and bottles to take juice home in. Bring your own lunch to enjoy in the social area. Tour of Canalside at 1.30pm.

Address: Leasowe Farm, Southam Road, Radford Semele, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1TY

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/canalside-community-food/

Chagford Community Farm CIC (Chagfarm)

Date: Sunday 16 October 2016

Details: Apple pressing and cider making demonstration

Address: C/o Rushford Mill Farm
The Old Piggery, Devon Chagford TQ13 8DA

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/chagfarm-cic/

Community Harvest Whetstone

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Combining our potato harvest with open day, cooking veggie parcels on open fire . Den building, some games for children and guided tour of the CSA. From 11am to 4pm

Address: Whetstone Pastures PYO, Whetstone Gorse Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire LE8

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/community-harvest-whetstone/

Five Acre Community Farm

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Farm tour, BBQ, possibly other activities to be arranged

Address: Five Acre Community Farm at Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane,
Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, West Midlands CV8 3LG

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/five-acre-community-farm/

Flintshare

Date: Saturday 1 October 1 – 5pm

Details: FlintShare CSA is hosting a Cilcain Community Cafe at Cilcain Village Hall. An afternoon of tea and homemade cake; homemade jams and preserves; sale of fruit and veg; children’s activities; a raffle; bric a brac and craft stalls. All accompanied by live music by ‘Alchemist’. Come and chat about FlintShare and find out all about CSA and how it works for us.

Our Northop and Cilcain growing sites will be open for visitors. For more information please email community@flintshare.co.uk or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/flintshare/. There is also more about us at http://www.flintshare.co.uk

Address: Cilcain Village Hall, Cilcain near Mold, Flintshire North Wales CH7 5NN

FoodSmiles St Albans

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 1 – 5 pm

Details: Volunteer/Open Day. At FoodSmiles our members grow organic veg together, sharing skills and learning about growing, and share the harvest once a week. Come along for a free tour of our little farm, or bring your gardening gloves and volunteer for the afternoon as we sow and plant crops for the winter. Refreshments provided, including a selection of cakes made with vegetables!
(Paths are uneven; please wear strong shoes).

Address: Hammonds End Farm, Hammonds End Lane off Redbourn Lane, Hertfordshire AL5 2AY

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/foodsmiles-st-albans/

Forest and Folk Community Supported Herbalism

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Join us for a tour of the developing medicine garden and get involved in helping design the planting, take a tour of the studio and browse the shop for natural health products. Botanical refreshments will be available.

Address: Forest and Folk, South Pavillion, MK Arts Centre, Parklands, Great Linford, MK14 5DZ

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/forest-folk-botanicals/

Foxcombe Hill Farm

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Farm tour and other activities

Address: Foxcombe Hill Farm, Lincombe Lane, Boars Hill,  Oxford, Oxon OX1 5DU

FutureFarms – Martin

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 10am – 1pm

Details: Farm tours – meet our pigs and chickens and see the veg growing. Pick your own raspberries. Morning coffee and lunches in the village hall.

Address: Futurefarms – Martin, Martin Drove End, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 3JT

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/futurefarms-martin/

Gerlan Bach CSA

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: We are just in the process of setting up our CSA, situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park on our 6 acre smallholding. Come along to see how we’re doing so far, hear our plans for the future and meet our lovely flock of chickens. There will be a space for the kids to play and activities to keep them entertained.

Address: Gerlan Bach CSA, Gerlan Farm, Rowen, Conwy LL32 8YS

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/gerlan-bach/

Gibside Community Farm

Date: Saturday 1 October 11am – 4pm

Details: Farmers Market at Gibside  on Saturday and our walled  garden plots are there to look around – just contact anyone on market stall which runs from 11am  to 4pm. There will be members around after that time. Check out our scarecrows!

Address: Gibside Walled Garden, Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE16 6BG

https://www.facebook.com/GibsideCommunityFarm

Good Gardeners International

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: CSA Network UK open day

Address: Well End Rd, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 5PW

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/the-well-end-hh-2-csa-model/

Hempsals Community Farm

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Open Day at Hempsals Community Farm. We’ll be running our regular Saturday morning work session, 9am-1pm. Everyone is welcome to come and see what goes on at the farm and lend a hand. We’ll be milking goats, feeding animals and harvesting our potatoes using vintage machinery (weather permitting)! There will be plenty of opportunity to meet our animals and all who come will receive a box of fruit freshly picked from our orchard.Tea and cake will be served as always around 11am.

Address: Hempsals Community Farm, Meadow Road, Willingham, Cambridgeshire CB24 5JL

Leconfield Grange CSA

Date: Sunday 9 October 2016 2-4pm

Details: Come on site, see the animals on our farm tour. Join us for refreshments and a chat.
http://www.leconfieldgrange.org/

Address: Leconfield Grange, Grange Road, Leconfield, Everley HU17 7NG

ICS Forestry

Date: Sunday 2 October 2016 11 – 4pm

Details: Please come and see what we are about. A scheme that allows members to take home produce from the woods (timber, vegetables, meat) and to spend time in a wood that they can treat as their own, in exchange for voluntary work.  Some produce may be available. Ticketed event but tickets can be purchased at the gate… free, but we need to know numbers for our risk assessments. Activities include campfire, walking around the gardens and the woods. Please bring a picnic. Hot water can be provided for drinks if people bring coffee/tea etc. Park on the verges outside of the wood and walk in. No more dogs allowed…the quota for dogs on leads has been reached.

Address: Winforton Woods, Winforton, Hereford, Herefordshire HR3 6EB

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/international-centre-sustainable-forestry/

Locavore

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 12 – 4pm

Details: Tour and activites TBC

Address: Leftfield Market Garden, Kirkton Road, Neilston, Glasgow G78 3HN

Plotgate CSA

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: As part of the national CSA Network open days, Plotgate CSA will be opening our gates.  Please feel free to drop in/ out of any of the activities below…10-12am Volunteer Work Task- harvesting the squashes. Come and lend a hand bringing in the squashes from the field to the greenhouse. 11am- Farm Tour 1 – A guided tour around the site and an opportunity to see our progress and chat with producers. 1pm – Lunch A light lunch will be provided from our fantastic veggies. 2pm – Farm Tour 2 – A second opportunity to join a guided tour.  3pm-4pm Members’ Forum – We would love to take this opportunity to get current members together for a feedback session and general discussion about being part of a CSA. All day We are collecting windfall apples from local gardens and the pigs are enjoying them immensely!  Pig feeding will be a constant throughout the day.

Address: Plotgate CSA, Mill Road, Barton St David, Somerton, Somerset

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/plotgate-csa/

Stroudco Allotment CSA

Date: Tuesday 4 October

Details: Join us for afternoon tea and a chat

Address: Stroud Co Food Hub, Stroud Valley Community School, Castle Street, Stroud GL5 2HP

The Community Farm

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016 11am – 3pm

Details: We’re planning a get-together on Saturday 1 October. Enjoy fantastic company and beautiful views, surrounded by the fruits (or vegetables) of our labour. This is will provide a great opportunity for you to meet current staff, volunteers and CSA members and find out all about The Community Farm.

We’ll be stoking up the barbecue and cob oven, and making pizza and salad using fresh crops from the field. Feel free to bring along some food for the barbecue and/or to share with others. Let’s make it a feast to remember! Join us in making a rather unusual scarecrow (which will form part of Harvey’s Scarecrow Trail). There’ll be a tour of the farm at 2pm.

The Community Farm is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service and involving the local community in all that we do. Our aim is to help people develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.

For more information see: http://www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk/csa16

Waterland CSA/Cambridge CropShare

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: ‘Be an organic farmer for a day’.  Help harvest crops and other farmy duties . There will also be a chance to look round the farm . We will be having a bring and share lunch and tea .  Sign up for the day at  http://cambridge.cropshare.org.uk/sign-up-sheet/

Address: Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9HF

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/waterland-csa/

Wild Roots

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016

Details: Open from 11am till 8pm
We will be demonstrating horse drawn cultivation during the day (weather conditions dependent). Meet the animals.
Painting horse shoes gypsy style for children. Lots of games (farm style) for children and adults too. E.g Tug of war with a difference, Apple bobbing, match box challenge, creepy crawly hunt, and others. Tea, coffee, home made cakes, soup round the fire with locally baked bread.
Information about us, why we use horsepower, and how you can get involved.
Our fresh and preserved produce for sale.
Historic wood work and local trug making demonstrations, shave horse, and chance to have a go. Fire lighting demonstrations the viking way! Acoustic musicians in the afternoon.

Address: Iwood Lane, Rushlake Green, Heathfield, East Sussex BN27 4QT

https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/csa/wild-roots-veg/