CSA for farmers
For farmers, CSA can help by providing secure cash flow, business resilience and increased customer loyalty.
There are various ways you can use community supported agriculture to either set up your whole farm as a CSA or to use it as an alternative business or marketing approach for just one aspect of your farm.
CSA can provide a guaranteed market for your produce, sometimes alongside other marketing routes. It is particularly relevant if you are a smaller scale organic producer who finds it difficult to broker viable contracts with the larger retail and procurement markets.
- produce vegetables or meat for a group of committed members who pay up front
- offer a CSA monthly meat box
- ask customers to buy a pig share or share of other livestock
- sell cow bonds, asking customers to cover the cost of one cow receiving interest or being paid back in milk
- rent a field to the local community to grow their own vegetables
- get financial support from your community who pay up front for their produce
- set up work days to receive help with sowing, weeding, harvesting and packing from enthusiastic members
- invite members to come to social events on the farm
The community supported agriculture charter sets out the defining values and principles of CSA in the UK.
Find out about the diverse range of benefits offered by CSA
There are many different types of community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in the UK.