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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 often hard to balance these issues against the competing demand of earning a decent income from farming.

Elske Hageraats of Ommuurde Tuin, a 1-hectare CSA in the Netherlands with 90 shares per week, set out to find a balance between food access, solidarity and a fair income. She realised that, like many other peasant farmers in the Netherlands, she was earning half the minimum wage. After talking to other European farmers, Ommuurde Tuin adopted a new share model called ‘solidarity payment.’ It’s where you sell your time instead of your product, and it’s been a huge success. Wages and awareness have increased, and food is accessible.

The CSA Network UK was delighted that Elske could join us for this webinar.

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