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CSA start-up and scaling-up course September 2024

We are pleased to announce that Ed Hamer and Chagfood will be running their eleventh CSA start-up and scaling-up course in September 2024.

The course will build on the first-hand experience they have gained in establishing their own CSA’s over the past ten years to provide the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for you to start a CSA in your own community. The course will also be targeted at individuals and community groups who have already established a CSA enterprise but are looking to take it to the next level in terms of membership or new enterprises.

The course will run on the weekend of the 14th & 15th September 2024 the proposed timetable will be:

Saturday morning 10am start:

Introduction to Chagfood & the format of the weekend

First steps of a CSA

Identifying demand

Start up costs and infrastructure

Finding a suitable site and securing planning permission

Initial business planning

1-2pm Lunch

Saturday afternoon:

Crop planning specific to CSA’s

Fertility building

Delivering your first season

Managing finances and membership

6pm Evening Meal

Sunday morning:

8am-10am Breakfast

10am start:

Increasing membership & marketing

Growing field scale

Generating additional revenue through wholesale

Business planning for expansion

1-2pm Lunch

Sunday afternoon :

Diversifying your CSA

Flower shares

5pm close

They have a limited number of places on the course offered on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

The full cost is £125 for either day or £220 for both days including meals; (lunch/dinner, breakfast/lunch).

Camping available on site with compost loo & use of their wood-fired riverside sauna!

Local B&B’s can be recommended on request.

If you would like to book a place please send an email to and you will receive a request for a BACS payment up front.

If you would like any further information on the course content please email or call Ed on 07858 381539

Ed Hamer 07858 381 539

Yssy Friend 07852 280 469

Mill Farm Cottage,

South Zeal,



EX20 2QB

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