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Presentation at Local Food workshop on 1 Oct 2008 at Future Choices - Live & local

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  • Community-Supported Agriculture a local food solution ‘ Live & Local’, Skipton 1st Oct 2008 Mick Marston mmarston@ soilassociation.org Kirstin Glendinning [email_address] Soil Association www.soilassociation.org/csa
    • CSA - What is it?
    • A partnership between producers and consumers……
    • where the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are more evenly shared….
      • Advanced or regular payment for food
      • Access to the land where food is produced
      • Business transparency
    • CSA is a marketing strategy and philosophy.
    • Different ways of doing CSA
    • Consumers do the farming themselves
      • Communal allotments
    • Consumers commit to buying produce & pay in advance
      • Dragon Orchard fruitshare, Herefordshire
      • Whiteholme Organic Network, Cumbria – beef & lamb
    • Self-organised support community around a box scheme
      • Barker Organics, Norwich
    • Consumers buy a share in the harvest, not a certain quantity of food
      • Swillington Organic Farm, W Yorkshire
    • Consumers provide capital for the farm business
      • Fordhall Farm, Shropshire
    • The Benefits of CSA
    • CSAs…
    • Provides fresh healthy produce from a known source
    • Gives better value (not cost)
    • Provides producers with a stable market and a fairer return for their produce
    • Keeps money in the local economy
    • Reduces ‘food miles’ and promotes sustainable agriculture
    • Creates new social networks, a sense of community and trust
    • Some Conclusions
    • CSA:
    • No prescribed model
    • Gives greater accountability to the consumer and a secure and fairer return for the producer
    • Encourages sustainable forms of agriculture
    • Is a tool for transition
    • Prerequisites of CSA…
    • Different starting points, different motivations, different structures
    • Capable and willing producer
    • Motivated and capable activist/s
    • Enlightened consumers
    • Land
    • CSA in the UK…
    • Currently still only a handful of pioneering CSA farming projects
    • Those that are established are generally stable
    • Benefits of CSA are increasingly being recognized
  • Proposed CSA Swillington Budget: March 2007 – Feb 2008 & pricing structure for period Budget Headings : £ Professional Fees – Grower 15,000 (12 months x £1250) Mobile Telephone grower 120 Bank charges 120 Insurance 350 Seeds & Plants 2000 Consumables (enviromesh, phormasol, canes etc) 1000 Tools/irrigation 300 Petty cash (petrol, string etc.) 300 Buying in vegetables 500 Rotavator tools (potato lifter, 5 tines) 350 Polytunnel 3500 Pump installation 300 Repair greenhouse 150 Website 50 Compost 150 Incorporation 700 Newsletter 20 Fencing 400 Professional fees accountant 300 Contingency 1280 Total: £26,890
  • Swillington CSA charges 1 SHARE (4 people) ½ SHARE (2 people) Prepay £614 £372 Q’ly std order £645 (£161.25/qt) £391 (£97.75/qt) Mthy std order £664 (£55.33/mth) £402 (£33.50/mth) Or weekly £12.80 £7.80 CSA income underwrites self-employed grower salary 57 members, £28k turnover, no grants
  • SWILLINGTON CSA SUBSCRIPTION FORM 2008
    • Swillington Organic Farm, Garden Cottage, Coach Road, Swillington, LS26 8QA
    • Tel; 07908241681
    • e-mail: [email_address]
    • One share entitles you to a family-sized box a week during the harvest season. A half share is suitable for one or two people.
    • SWILLINGTON CSA SUBSCRIPTION FORM 2008 1 SHARE ½ SHARE
    • Prepay £614 £372
    • Quarterly standing order £645 (£161.25/qt) £391 (£97.75/qt)
    • Monthly Standing order £664 (£55.33/mth) £402(£33.50/mth)
    • Name:…………………………………………………………
    • Address:…………………………………………………
    • ………………………………………………………………
    • …………………………………………………………………
    • Phone: …………………………………………………
    • E-mail:……………………………………………………
    • I’d like to subscribe to Swillington CSA for…
    • 1 share prepay
    • 1 share quarterly S.O.
    • 1 share monthly S.O.
    • ½ share prepay
    • ½ share quarterly S.O.
    • ½ share monthly S.O.
    • I would like to PREPAY and enclose a cheque for £…….. (cheques payable to Swillington CSA) .
    • BANK DETAILS – STANDING ORDER (please and give to your bank)
    • Name of our account: Swillington CSA
    • Name & address of our bank: XXX
    • Account number: XXX
    • Sort code: XXX
    • Please make your standing order payable on or before the 7th of each month, from March 2008 – February 2009 . Thank you!
    • …………………………………………………………………………… .
    • If you prefer, you can set up the standing order via your internet banking facility – if you do, please tick here and return to us. 
    • Please accept me as a subscriber to Swillington CSA for 1 year, from 1 March 2008 until 1 March 2009.
    • I accept that I CANNOT CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE 1 March 2009, although I reserve the right to transfer it to someone else at any time. I understand that regardless of whether I pick up my box, I will not be entitled to any kind of refund on my subsription and that I remain liable for any part of that subscription which remains unpaid at the end of my subscription year.
    • Signed:…………………………………………… Date:……………
    • Please return your subscription to Swillington CSA, Garden Cottage, Coach Road, Swillington, LS26 8QA
    • Running the scheme…Yr 1
    • Committee – farmer, grower, treasurer, membership secretary, social secretary
    • Unincorporated community group
    • 35 shares
    • £22,000 turnover
    • Yr 2…
    • Integrated into farm business – separate, not-for-profit enterprise within the private company, limited by guarantee
    • 50 shares (5 as rent)
    • Approx £28,000 turnover
    • Swillington model
    • Producer-led: grower works average of 40 hours/week and takes £15k s/e income.
    • Total cost of running scheme divided by number of shares which can be produced from 2 acres
    • Members recruited through farm shop, farmers’ markets, local media.
    • Produce harvested by gardeners, weighed out by members
    • Labour contribution not required of members, but welcome.
    • Communication is key – people need to understand that crops can vary.
    • Had lot of support from other CSAs, esp Earthshare (Forres, Scotland).
  • Information & Support… The Soil Association is working as part of a partnership project called Making Local Food Work which is supporting the development of local food through social enterprise www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk The Soil Association Community Supported Agriculture project is providing: advice and support to new CSAs organising training events and networking opportunities comprehensive range of information such as action manual, ‘how to’ guides, case studies and practical examples through our website www.soilassociation.org/csa Funding: Lottery Local Food Fund www.localfoodgrants.org
    • Making Local Food Work
    • Consortium of 7 groups led by Plunkett Foundation
    • We work on CSA and buying groups. Other partners offer:
    • Support for food co-ops and local food distribution (Sustain)
    • Co-operatively run farmers’ markets (FARMA)
    • Home-produced food (Country Markets)
    • Community shops and local food supply (Plunkett)
    • Good governance and advice for community enterprises (Co-ops UK)
    • Food web mapping (CPRE)
  • Community Supported Agriculture contacts: Amanda Daniel Soil Association (Bristol) T: 0117 914 2424 E: [email_address] Michael Marston Regional Development Coordinator – Northern England T: 01207 562317, F: 01207 561317 E: [email_address] Kirstin Glendinning Regional Development Coordinator – Leeds &Bradford,Midlands and Eastern England T: 0794 7715715 E: kglendinning@soilassociation.org Jade Bashford Regional Development Co-ordinator – Southern England T: 0117 914 2424 E: [email_address]