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Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture COCA

CSA project
COCA started in 2010 when Gerald Miles, who runs Caerhys Organic Farm near St David's decided he wanted to do things differently. "Establishing a CSA on our farm is the best project we have ever done, it has created a community spirit on the farm supporting a future for our small family farm."

The scheme is run by a core group that includes both community and producer members. The farm produces vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs for the members and milk, cheese and eggs are bought in from neighbouring organic farms. The project now has 40 members, and they hope to get up to 70 which would generate enough to pay a full time wage for Gerald's son, to do all the growing.

There is a small annual fee and on top of that members pay a monthly subscription which buys a share of what is harvested each week all through the year. It is not a requirement to volunteer, but Gerald likes to involve members in the life of the farm, whether it is planting onions, picking carrots, or just popping down for a cup of tea and a chat.

Regular open days and social events encourage a sense of community and connection with the land. Rupert Dunn, community member said: 'COCA has brought me closer to my community, its offered me a chance to get involved, get my hands dirty and make friends doing so. Without COCA my life in St David's would be half of what it is, I think our CSA offers a great quality of life and I'm proud to be part of it.'
In partnership with
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Organic Centre Wales, IBERS, Gogerddan Campus
Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, SY23 3EB
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