Open day events listings
CSA Network UK Open Days - September & October 2018
Our CSA Network UK Farm 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 taking place this year:
Date: Sunday 30th September, 12-3pm
Address: On the farm
Details: Pop-up cafe, a tour of the market garden, a tour of the bee garden, and other activities to be arranged.
Information Tent at Apple Day Festival
Date: Sunday 23rd September 11am – 5pm
Address: Stanmer Park, Brighton
Details: Come and find us at Stanmer Organics Tent where we will be discussing the importance of Community Supported Agriculture, Soil and local organic, agroecological food production. Refreshments available.
CSA Open Day
Date: Saturday 20th October 11am – 3pm
Address: Caerhys, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 6DX
Details: Farm walk and apple juicing fun on a mixed organic farm which was the first CSA established in Wales. Bring a packed lunch!
Caetan Harvest Party Weekend
Date: Saturday 15th September
Address: Gower Heritage Centre
Details: We’re hosting workshops, music, dancing and games to celebrate our season in the fields and to raise funds for the next. Including workshops on seed saving from the Real Seed Company and more. Followed by pur Harvest party – live music, fundraising, bar and food. Camping available and more details to come! https://www.facebook.com/events/270032250208486/
CropShare will also be on a stall, joint with Waterland Organics CSA on:15th Sept, 9.30 am-4.30 pm, Stall with fresh veg or fruit from the farm and opportunity to ask us questions on Cambridge CropShare or Waterland Organics CSAs,
University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ More info https://www.visitcambridge.org/whats-on/ice-summer-festival-presents-local-food-fair-p717521
8th Sept 9.30am – 4pm
Farm volunteer day, come and pick onions, squash, apples or weed the winter brassicas. Bring and share lunch 12.30-1.30pm.
Willow Farm, Lode, CB25 9HF
22nd Sept 9.30am- 4pm
Farm volunteer day, come and pick onions, squash, apples or weed the winter brassicas. Bring and share lunch 12.30-1.30pm
Willow Farm, Lode, CB25 9HF
Date: Sunday 7 October 10am-1pm
Address: Camel CSA, St Kew Highway, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL30 3EF
Details: Free, family-friendly event
- Join in preparing, crushing and pressing apples.
- Enjoy a glass (or more) of fresh juice
- Bring a plastic container to take your share away
- Meet the growers, see what we’re growing and how we’re going about it
- Light refreshments – hot and cold drinks, homemade cake
If you’ve got access to apple trees and would like to donate some fruit please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camel CSA is a not-for-profit community enterprise producing fresh, seasonal vegetables grown to organic principles. Our weekly veg box scheme provides an all-year-round share of the harvest for more than 60 members. We deliver in an electric van on Fridays around Wadebridge, Bodmin, Camelford and Port Isaac in north Cornwall.
Date: Saturday 13th October 11am-4pm, grower led tour of the farm at 2pm
Address: Canalside Community Food, Southam Road, Radford Semele, CV31 1TY
Details: apple pressing, tour at 2pm, information about how to get involved, bring a picnic, hot drinks available
Directions to the farm: https://www.canalsidecommunityfood.org.uk/about-canalside/find-us/ Parking is available, but if car park is full, please park on one side of the drive, nose-to-tail. If you live locally, please walk or cycle to the farm if you can!
Other important info: sturdy footwear and warm (waterproof) clothing is recommended. Please bring apples if you have a tree / other supply, and bottles to take juice home in.
We are a community benefit society which produces fresh, seasonal organic food for our members from our land, and provides the opportunity for people to participate in the process of growing the food and to enjoy the land on which it is grown
Chagfood is a CSA providing 100 boxes of vegetables per week to the local community
Date: Saturday 20th October – 2pm til late
Details: Farm tours, children’s activities, tea and cake in the day
Food, bar and music in the evening
Autumn Food Festival
Date: Saturday 29th September 11am – 3pm
Address: Communigrow Field, Park Farm, Ditton, ME20 6PE
Details: A celebration of delicious locally produced food. Come along and enjoy a range of tasty local food, music, outdoors activities and much more!
Community Farmer Day
Date: Saturday 6th October 10am – 4pm
Address: Denny lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8SZ
Details: It’s our squash harvest! Let’s hope the weather has been kind to our crop and ripened it to perfection. We need your help to harvest the fruits of everyone’s labour. Our Community Farmer Days give participants the chance to come and help out in the fields and actively participate in the work of The Farm. They learn lots about growing and food production, but the events are intended to be sociable and fun too!
It will great to have you along; children are welcome too.
We’ll get the soup and bread in for a yummy lunch and ask you folks bring some goodies along to share too.
More information and bookings: https://www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk/course/community-farmer-day-6-october-2018/
Exeter Growers Cooperative
Date: Saturday 15th September 2-5pm
Details: There will be tea and cake and good company. Parking is very limited on the field. We are near Shillingford St George. Bus 366 or A bus to Alphington then cycle or walk.
Date: Saturday 29th September 10am-1pm
Details: Farm walk and Harvest Soup
Date: October 6th, 2 – 5 pm
Address: Cilcain Village Hall
Details: There will be all the usual wonderful home baked goodies, produce stall and a raffle. We are inviting members with a craft to share to come along and demonstrate. We’ll be spreading the word about FlintShare and CSA’s.
We will also be at Mold Food and Drink Festival, New Street Car Park, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1NY on 15 – 16th September 10am – 5pm. Come and talk to us about Community Gardens and CSAs
FoodSmiles St Albans Open Day
Date: 29th September 1-4pm
Address: Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden AL5 2AY
Details: Come for tea and cake and a free tour of FoodSmiles St Albans’ cooperative organic vegetable garden; get involved if you want to. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes as paths are uneven
Date: 30th September 4-4.15 pm
A talk about how 30+ members and volunteers of FoodSmiles St Albans are making food-growing accessible to all in Harpenden and St Albans. Come and find out how and consider if you want to get involved.
Date: Saturday 29th September 1:30-4:30pm
Address: Martin Drove End, near Martin, Fordingbridge, SP6 3JT. Directions: From Martin, head in a northwesterly direction. The farm is shortly before the crossroads with the A354 on the left hand side
Details: Farm tours – meet the pigs and piglets, feed the chickens and see the vegetables growing. Pick your own raspberries.Guess the weight of the pumpkin competition. Farm shop with produce for sale and cream teas in the village hall. Everybody welcome. Dogs on leads.
Date: Monday 1st October
Potato picking of course! Details on our facebook page closer to the date
We will be on field from 10.30am until 3pm
You get some potatoes to take away
Moy Hill Community Farm
Date: 21st – 23rd September
Details: As the night starts to take over the day we will hosting our first farm gathering. Two days and three nights at Moy Hill farm, Co Clare. Let the food, beautiful music, inspirational workshops and discussions nourish us all. We’d love you to join in. Moy Hill encompasses almost 70 acres of mixed land including a lake, orchard, mini woodlands, pasture and market gardens. Bring yourselves, family, tent and wellies connect with nature and each other
More information and tickets can be bought at
Farmshare Open Day
Date: Saturday 15th September 11am – 4pm
Address: Whitlingham Nurseries NR14 8TZ
Details: Want to find out about your local community farm? Join us for music, workshops, farming activities, and of course… a famous FarmShare feast! Confirmed acts so far include: Andy Kirkham and Jonathan Lambert (guitar and sax), Stromm (indie band), and singing duo Off the Cuff with Johnny Lazlo Bencze and Mary Benefiel (guitar and ukulele). Homegrown offerings include a fermentation workshop, preserves table, a presentation from our Chair on ‘The Story So Far’… and more! Bring your own food to put on the barbecue for lunch at around 1.30pm – we’ll provide salads and puds.
Check out our website for more information and to signup to receive delicious chemical-free veg each week. Join the community food revolution! www.norwichfarmshare.co.uk
Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm Autumn Open Day
Date: Saturday 29th September at 10am – 4pm
Address: The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm, Playford Lane, Rushmere St. Andrew, Ipswich IP5 1DW
Car parking spaces are very limited. If you live locally please walk or cycle if possible, thanks!
What’s on offer:
- Family-friendly guided tours of the farm
- Information about how people can get involved with the farm
- Some farm goodies available to buy
- Refreshments available
Suggested donation £5 per adult for the farm tour.
Directions on how to get to the farm: http://www.the-oak-tree.co.uk/directions/
Sturdy footwear and warm clothing is recommended.
We’re a not-for-profit social enterprise. Our aim is to supply good, nutritious food in an environmentally sustainable way.
Date: Saturday 6th October 12-5pm
Address: Plotgate CSA, Barton St David, Somerset TA11 6DF
Details: Farm tours throughout the afternoon.
Plotgate has approx. 4000m of veg beds under cultivation- these are permanent beds with no mechanised cultivation. They are developing a range of human powered push tools to manage the
gardens and use pigs to clear the ground. This is a human scale CSA.
School Farm CSA and Foxhole Community Garden Harvest Celebration
Date: Saturday 13th October 2018 11am to 4pm
Address: School Farm, Foxhole, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EB
Details: Join us to celebrate a brilliant harvest this year at School Farm. We are throwing our gate open for a day of fun, merriment and farm activities for all ages. Family friendly, No dogs please.
There will be lots to get involved with throughout the day including:
- Kids activities with Foxhole Community Garden
- Farm tours
- Apple pressing
- The School Farm Olympics
- Hot food and drinks and sweet treats
- PUMPKIN ICECREAM! (tbc)
Date: Saturday 15th September 6.30 – 10pm
Address: Sims Hill, Stoke Lane, Frenchay, BS34 6DZ Bristol
Details: Organised by Pitch Fork Cafe – a harvest feast at Sims Hill showcasing their delicious produce and celebrating the start of the autumn. Dining will be outdoors but under cover (in case of rain..!) If you want to see up close where the veg from this meal is grown then there will be a short guided tour of Feed Bristol from the farmer, free of charge! Please turn up half an hour early to allow time for this. LIMITED SPACES so booking is essential. All vegan. £20 for all courses. All profits from this meal will go towards buying compost to create a no dig growing system on part of the land the Sims Hill manage. For more info on the work Sims Hill do see: https://simshill.co.uk/
Squash Harvest Party and CSA Open Day
Date: Saturday 29th September 10.30 – 4.30
Address: Southern Roots Organics, c/o Lower Hewood Farm, Hewood, Chard, Dorset. TA20 4NR
Please email Dee and Adam at email@example.com if you would like to come.
Date: Saturday 6 October 10.30 – 12.30
Address: Saint Nicholas Church, S Kilworth 2, Stanford on Avon, Northampton NN6 6JP
Details: Join us at the beautiful 14th Century St. Nicholas Church in Stanford on Avon for a Coffee morning and village/community get together, meet and greet. We will be there to chat about the CSA and have a display of the harvest, we’ll talk about what veg we are producing, what to expect in a veg box and how to help us out in the gardens. On Saturday we will be at the Church from 10.30am-12.30pm.
Greenham Reach Open Day
Date: Saturday 15th September 2pm – 5pm
Address: Greenham, Wellington, Devon, TA21 0JY
Details: All welcome to come and check out the three smallholdings that form Greenham Reach, leased from The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC), including Steepholding CSA. Each smallholdings is very different with businesses including medicinal herbs, veg, meat, goat dairy, fruit tree grafting, salad bags, cut flowers & education! There will be CAKE! Farm tour of Steepholding CSA is at 3pm.
Date: Saturday 15th September at 10am – 4pm
Address: Sutton Community Farm, 40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, London SM6 0SH
Please note that parking is not available at the farm, so please walk, cycle or use public transport if you can. If you need to drive, please park on Woodmansterne Lane and use our main entrance opposite Flitton’s Nursery, SM6 0SW.
Details: This is our annual open day where we celebrate the abundance of the growing season and all the hard work that has gone into the farm this year. There will be family-friendly activities, farm tours, music and of course, delicious food! £3 for adults, free for children
Wales Community Farm Hack and CSA Gathering
Date: 4 -7th October
Address: Tyddyn Berth, Bethel, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3PS
Details: You are invited to participate in skill shares and farm hacks relating to land work based appropriate technologies and CSAs.
Tickets now: https://pretix.eu/farmhackwales2018/fhw2018/