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Setting up & scaling up a CSA – Two day course – Northern England

An intensive two-day training course for anyone interested in starting a Community Supported Agriculture project

Location

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Sugar Well Road

Meanwood

Leeds

LS7 2QG

About this event

If you are thinking about, or in the process of setting up a small scale farming business, the CSA model is worth considering. At the CSA Network UK we believe CSA is the best way of getting a small scale farming enterprise off the ground.

Ed Hamer of Chagfood CSA knows all about starting, running and scaling up a CSA. Chagfood has been running for over 10 years now, and has proved the strength of the CSA model.

If you are serious about getting your CSA farming business moving from idea to success, this is a weekend of training you can’t afford to miss. And if you have already established a CSA enterprise but are looking to take it to the next level in terms of membership there’s plenty you can learn here.

The course will build on the first-hand experience Chagfood have gained in establishing their own CSA over the past ten years. It will provide the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for you to start a CSA in your own community. It will also draw on the experience of Ben and Luke who set up Meanwood Valley CSA two years ago in urban Leeds.

This is the first time we’ve run a course like this in the North of England, will run on the weekend of the 19th and 20th March and the proposed timetable will be:

Saturday morning 10am start:

  • Introduction to Chagfood, MVUF & 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
  • Tour of MVUF CSA
  • 1-2pm Lunch

Saturday afternoon:

  • Crop planning specific to CSA’s
  • Fertility building
  • Delivering your first season
  • Managing finances and membership
  • 5pm Evening Meal

Sunday morning 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
  • 4pm close

We have a limited number of places on the course offered on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. The full cost is £80 for either day or £140 for both days including meals; (lunch/dinner/lunch). We are however offering a 20% discount for members of the CSA Network. There are also a limited number of bursary places available – please contact us if you would like to apply for these.

Very basic accommodation available on the floor of the meeting room at MVUF. Otherwise you will need to find your own.

Local B&B’s can be recommended on request

If you would like any further information on the course content please email csanetworkuk@abbigailmasonhotmail-com

Here’s a video all about Chagfood when it was first set up.

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