Friday, 10 October 2014

CSAs in Action

In case you're wondering how CSAs work - well there are a variety of ways. No two are exactly the same. Some are producer run, some are member run. Some aim to provide a week's veg to each member, some only a token amount.

Let's take a look at a couple.

First up, Stroud CSA. We visited Stroud when we were first doing research. They were really helpful and inspiring. There are some major differences here - they're producer led, and very established. They're Biodynamic - and while we do aim to certify Organic when we can afford it, I'm not sure we will be going down the BD route. Also, they're established! But take a look, because they show what can be done.

In America, CSA has really taken off, and Local Harvest offer useful information and tips about joining. Remember, they're in their infancy in the UK, so there are nowhere near so many options on offer.

I've followed The Crossing on facebook for ages - their weekly cost is very low. I'm not sure what that you get that for that, but I'm investigating!

I've picked one at random from Local Harvest - Little Red Hen - but feel free to have a browse around.

Our version isn't yet set in stone. As a producer led CSA, we are just waiting on members coming on board to offer ideas and improvements.

I'm hoping the first ten members this year will gel into a core group. Then we'll really be on our way.

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