Summer 2017: CSA Network UK celebrates its last two years growing the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement in the UK.
CSA farms reconnect the public with local food and support ecological farmers. Maresa Bossano, CSA Network UK co-ordinator says: “The growth in the number of CSAs setting up over the last two years, as well the number of those contacting the CSA Network UK for advice, shows the public appetite for fresh, local food, as well as the dedication of small farmers producing sustainable food.”
The CSA Network UK is now reaching out to new supporters this summer. Maresa Bossano continues: “With its abundance of fresh produce, summer is a great time to encourage supporters to join. The CSA Network UK is open to anyone who supports a fairer local food system. Supporters get discounts as well as the knowledge they are supporting the real food revolution.”
Achievements 2015 – 2017:
At least 15 new CSAs have started up
Nearly 100 CSA farms listed on the CSA Network UK map
Annual national CSA events raise awareness of Community Supported Agriculture
Mentoring programme provides one-to-one advice to new and existing CSAs
Training and networking events held at CSAs nationwide.
What is CSA?
The CSA movement began in the UK in the late-1990s to counter the negative effects of industrial agriculture by reconnecting people with fresh local food produced with ecological farming methods. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) comes in many shapes and sizes including one-acre shared fields, subscription veg box schemes, pig shares, and community-owned farms.
The CSA model connects people to an ecological farm though a membership scheme which supports the farmer both with finance and community involvement. In return, members receive weekly fresh produce, and opportunities for volunteering, training, children’s activities, and celebratory events to mark the seasons.
All photos © CSA Network UK