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Community Supported Agriculture
Food for our future: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership or commitment between local communities and food producers. These partnerships can be as simple as agreeing to buy produce throughout the year, or it could be providing labour on the farm, or helping with marketing and administration. Every project can be different but each is a partnership in which food producers and their communities share the risks, responsibilities and rewards!
By being involved in a CSA group you benefit by enjoying fresh, local food at fair prices. If you join a group that farms organically this is a great way to get great organic food at affordable prices.
Find out more about some fantastic examples in Wales:
• Rhos Market Garden
• Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA)
• Flinstshare, Mold, Flintshire
Our work with CSA's: The BOBL project has been supporting and working towards growing the CSA movement in Wales, working alongside industry partners; The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), the Organic Research Centre (ORC)and the Soil Association. Many CSA projects rely on short lived grants and ensuring the long term future of projects is very much on the agenda.
BOBL recently helped to organise a meeting in Cowbridge which saw the launch of a 'CSA survival guide'. The guide, which was drawn up by the Organic Research Centre on behalf of Organic Centre Wales, is based on the experience of the CSA projects across the globe with a particular focus on Wales. By highlighting common factors shared by projects that both succeed and those that fail, it provides invaluable guidance for projects of all sizes and models.
'CSA is an idea whose time has come. It gives people access to organic and sustainably produced food at fair prices; it provides more secure markets for producers; it helps build links with local communities and gets people out into the fresh air and exercising. The movement is at a pivotal stage in its development and it needs to pull together to move onto the next stage of development.'Tony Little, Organic Centre Wales.
To get involved and find out more contact:
Tony Little Organic Centre Wales 01970 622248 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rupert Dunn at the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens 01834 869927 email@example.com
Click here for the Soil Association Resources on CSA's
Organic Centre Wales, IBERS, Gogerddan Campus
Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, SY23 3EB
T:01970 622248 E: firstname.lastname@example.org