Benefits for you
As a CSA member, you will receive:
- A diverse portion of the farm produce delivered to your local hub weekly or fortnightly between December and March.
- First access to limited fruit varieties (such as cherries or Cox Orange Pippin apples).
- An invitation to the annual members only day (an opportunity to provide feedback and get to know your farmer by touring the farm and feasting together)
- Notification of farm workshops and events and possibly discounted tickets (e.g. Juicing Day; Jam Day; Long Table Dinner etc).
- The satisfaction of consciously choosing to support sustainable farming
- The pleasure in being part of a collective movement that strives for change. See below.
Benefits for all
CSA aims to address the shortcomings of our modern food system and to reclaim food sovereignty by:
- promoting environmental sustainability and animal welfare by holding farmers directly accountable to their consumers.
- improving access to locally produced food and reducing ‘food miles’.
- keeping control of the food system in the hands of the people as opposed to large agribusiness corporations.
- building resilience into diversified farming systems.
- bolstering rural communities, economies and addressing population decline.
- providing appropriate and predictable income to growers.
- revitalising food culture and reconnecting people to food traditions.
- stifling food exports from poor to affluent countries.
- decreasing depression and suicide amongst farmers
- encouraging and supporting emerging farmers
CSA originated in the 1970’s in Japan. These are it’s guiding principles.
- Principle of mutual assistance
- Principle of accepting the produce
- Principle of mutual concession in the price decision
- Principle of deepening friendly relationships
- Principle of self-distribution
- Principle of democratic management
- Principle of learning among each group
- Principle of maintaining the appropriate group scale
- Principle of steady development
See more detail at the Urgenci website.