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New Fresh, Local, Seasonal Food project comes to Aberystwyth
A regular supply of fresh, locally produced food at an affordable price is something many people aspire to. Aberystwyth has been identified as a key location by a project looking to identify potential for new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) schemes.
Eight locations across Wales have been identified as priority areas for new CSA projects, one of which is Aberystwyth. An open meeting is being held on Thursday 14 May from 7pm – 9m at the Merched y Wawr Centre in Vulcan Street.
There are many thousands of CSA schemes in America & Europe, 200 in England but only 6 in Wales. The concept has huge benefits for the landowner, producer and the community. It is an effective approach to bringing food production closer to the consumer, ensuring fresher, healthier, tastier and more sustainably produced food.
Jane Clough who is leading this work said ' Community Supported Agriculture is a great way for people to reconnect with their food and the land on which it is produced. It is essentially a partnership between producers and the local community providing mutual benefits. Typically a CSA is a farm or small holding where the cost of production is calculated and divided equally between the members who then take their share of the harvest.
There are many great examples of CSA schemes where people play an active part in producing their food. This is fantastic for people who really care about how their food is produced and for families who can bring up their children with hands on experience of planting, growing and harvesting vegetables & fruit and rearing livestock.'
The development work is being led by the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and Development Officer Rupert Dunn emphasises the benefits to land owners and farmers :' A CSA provides a secure market for produce and gives a fair & steady income independent of market price fluctuations. It offers an opportunity to bring uncultivated or unmanaged land into production, potential help with labour intensive jobs allowing a more sustainable approach to production and a connection to the local community.
If you would like to find out more about Community Supported Agriculture in Aberystwyth and how it could work for you please contact Jane Clough on 07570 097787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
The Federation of City Farms and Gardens supports, represents and promotes community managed farms & gardens across the UK
In Wales it has 4 regional offices with a head office in Cardiff :
46, Ninian park Road, Riverside Cardiff
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