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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 chagfood@gmail.com 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 chagfood@gmail.com or call Ed on 07858 381539

www.chagfordcsa.org

Ed Hamer 07858 381 539

Yssy Friend 07852 280 469

Mill Farm Cottage,

South Zeal,

Okehampton,

Devon,

EX20 2QB

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