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CSA Network UK AGM 2023 in Bristol

The first weekend of October saw a group of CSA Network UK staff and board members together with CSAs new and old – and some not even started yet – come together at St. Werburghs City Farm in Bristol for a beautiful two days of deep talking, sharing and visiting local CSAs.

Here are some of the sessions that took place:

We heard from Jo Hunt of Knockfarrel Produce just outside Inverness about the work he’s been doing, analysing the economics of eight CSAs across the UK. He explained what his research might mean for new and existing CSAs as they look to stabilise and strengthen their resilience.

Ben Raskin talked about agroforestry and woodchip and how they could be used to improve the growing success of your CSA and climate resilience. Tom O’Kane and Charlotte Barry gave a presentation about starting a CSA. Charlotte went on to do another presentation about marketing your CSA. 

Gareth Davies of Canalside CSA hosted a participatory session where CSAs talked about their legal structures and governance and how that impacted or informed the way they ran on a day-to-day basis. This gave us some valuable pointers at the network on what we might provide regarding resources to support CSAs as they begin their journey.

Attendees visited ‘Street Goat’ in Bristol and Simms Hill Shared Harvest.

Brilliant food was supplied from the City of Palm Cafe at St Werburghs. And there were CSA representatives from across the four nations of the UK.

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