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Soil Association

Community supported agriculture & organic buying groups

Newsletter Issue 14, September 2010


I hope you've all had a good summer and that your crops and livestock have survived and flourished in spite of the early drought and the more recent torrents of rain. I hear the first frosts have arrived already!

It is the event season coming up and we're planning some really exciting opportunities for you, including a joint conference with Sustain on CSA, food coops and buying groups Good Food for Local Communities - What's the Recipe at Leamington Spa on 20 October; a number of CSA open days and training events, and workshops on setting up an organic buying group. In addition, there's a workshop on financing your local food initiative, and one on habitat restoration on a CSA. I'd also recommend you check the full list of events on our website for other opportunities including governance workshops, sheep husbandry and lambing, and a visit to Somerset Organic Link.


UK Research on CSAs Needs Your Help - Calling all CSA farmers/ consumers/ community groups!
A student at the University of Reading is conducting research on CSAs throughout the world, looking at the similarities, differences, opportunities and threats and how these are contributing to local food systems and sustainable development. Having completed a very successful survey of the US, she is turning her focus on the UK. The results of this research will be very useful to the CSA network, so I encourage you to spare a few minutes to complete the survey even if your CSA is still being developed or very young, your answers will be invaluable. Click here to complete the survey. For more information, email

Invitation to tender - Evaluating the Impact: CSA an agent for change
The Soil Association is looking for a research partner to tackle head on some of the common questions raised about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The central aim of the research is to understand the social, environmental and economic impacts of CSA and to gather evidence on some specific areas of enquiry with the cooperation of selected CSA projects.
For more information and to download the tender document, click here


Good Food for Local Communities - What's the Recipe
20 October, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Sustain and the Soil Association are running a day of learning and information sharing for food co-ops, organic buying groups and CSAs. This is a FREE event and lunch using local organic produce is being provided.
The main aim of the day is to bring together community food initiatives from across the country to share information and explore new ideas. We have therefore devoted most of the day to smaller group workshops giving you the chance to ask specific questions of other similar food projects, such as veg box schemes, student run food co-ops and community supported bakeries etc; and also to discuss common issues you've encountered and how to resolve them.
For more information, a programme and booking form, click here.

An alternative way of doing business
11 September, 10.00am - 4.00pm Growing well, Low Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria
Come and learn how Growing Well established their successful CSA, learn more about CSAs and how to set one up and how to grow for a CSA, and the support available.
More info ...

Soil Association Organic Food Festival
11-12 September Bristol Harbourside
Celebrate Organic Fortnight by visiting the Organic Food Festival in Bristol. This year's festival features over 150 organic food and drink producers, celebrity chef demos, live bands and much, much more.
More info...

Getting Started: How to set up a buying group in your community
21 September, 11:30am -14:30pm The Greenhouse, Hereford Street, Bristol
Are you interested in buying fresh local food, organic food or wholefoods? Would you like to buy good food with friends, neighbours or other people in your community? Would you like to find out if buying food with others could save you money?
This event is being organised by Soil Association and Sustain.
More info...

Open Day at Canalside Community Farm
23 September, 10:30 - 16:00 Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Canalside Community Food produce vegetables for 110 households from their organic farm. They began growing in 2007 and now have 3 part time growers. The day will include presentations and a farm tour.
More info...

Soil Association Lady Eve Lecture
6 October 2010, 6.30 – 8.00pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London
This year's Lady Eve Lecture is given by Andrew Simms, policy director of the new economics foundation.
More info...

Scaling up horticultural production for CSAs
12 October, approx 10.00am - 3.30pm at Glebelands Market Garden, Whalley Range, Manchester
This event will provide you with the opportunity to understand the steps necessary to increase horticultural production, from basic gardening to a scale that would enable a CSA to become established. It is assumed that participants will have basic gardening knowledge and experience. It will also give participants an idea of the the support available in gardening and horticulture in the local area.
More info...

Visit to Canalside Community Farm
19 October 2.00-5.00pm Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
For those arriving the day before the conference Good Food for Local Communities - What's the Recipe on 20 October, there is the option to join an afternoon visit to Canalside Community Farm. There will be a farm tour and talk, and an opportunity to see the vegetable growing and to meet the people involved.
More info...

Open day at Stroud Community Agriculture
29 October, 11.00am - 3.00pm, at Stroud Community Agriculture, Gloucestershire
The day will include a farm tour and presentation on Stroud Community Agriculture. There will be time for networking and discussion. We'll also briefly cover Stroudco, and the new community owned woodland in Stroud. We will be joined by a Japanese study group who'll be able to share their experience of Teikei and CSA developments in Japan.
More info...

Visit to Canalside Community Farm
30 October, 14:30 - 17:00 Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Canalside Community Food produce vegetables for 110 households each week from their organic farm. They began growing in 2007 and now have 3 part time growers. The visit will include a presentation and farm tour.
More info...

Getting Started: How to set up a food co-op or buying group in your community
23 November 11:30 - 14:30 The Guildhall, High Street, Bath
This event is being organised by the Soil Association, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming and Transition Bath. Are you interested in buying fresh local food, organic food or wholefoods? Would you like to buy good food with friends, neighbours or other people in your community? Would you like to find out if buying food with others could save you money? FREE workshop and lunch!
More info...

We're excited to announce our new Soil Association programme of kitchen, growing and small holding courses for the autumn including hedge laying, top fruit production, willow sculpting and bread making. Visit our Organic Farm School pages for further details, including how to book."
More info...


Convergence 2010 - Permaculture Association event
3 - 5 September, Essex
Three days of permaculture workshops, practicals, case studies, Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design presentations, networking, woodland walks, games, our AGM, eco-cinema, and special guest visitors. Jade Bashford and Traci Lewis, our CSA regional Coordinators will be leading presentations and open space sessions on Community Supported Agriculture during the weekend.
More info...

Edible Assets - Securing money for your food initiative - Sustain event
14 September, 10.30am - 4.15pm, Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol. Cost £20.00/£30.00
This event will explore:
Grants and Funding - What’s available? Is it the best route for your project?
Selling Services - What can you offer your local authority, local businesses or NHS?
Raising money in other ways - Would trading, community investments, loans or social enterprise work for you?
More info...

Community Supported Agriculture and habitat restoration - River Bourne event
10 November, River Bourne Community Farm Salisbury, Wiltshire
This workshop will focus on the role CSAs can play in managing land with wildlife in mind. It will be facilitated by David Burton, director of River Bourne Community Farm. There will also be a presentation by Jade Bashford, Soil Association CSA co-ordinator on CSAs in southern England. There will be a field visit around the farm to look at wildlife habitats in both rural and urban settings that are being supported by River Bourne Community Farm including a stream, meadows and downs. Delegates will have an opportunity to share their own experiences during a facilitated discussion session.
More info...


We have just a few copies of these inspirational books left in stock and I highly recommend them:
Sharing the Harvest - an inspirational and extremely comprehensive book on CSA - known as the CSA bible. A must read!
Farms of Tomorrow Revisited - This inspirational blueprint for CSA is set to guide this rapidly growing movement to the next stage in its development. Filled with practical examples and information for growers and shareholders alike.


Support for community food enterprises benefits over 1.4 million people
A shining example of how communities are taking control of their futures came this week with the announcement that the Making Local Food Work programme, has already benefitted over 1.4million people. Making Local Food Work, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme, reported that it had already exceeded its target of reaching out to 1million people by 2012, with a staggering 1.4 million people being provided with better access to local food by sustainable community enterprises.
Click here for the Making Local Food Work newsletter

Do check out the 'Local CSA Groups' section on the website and make sure your CSA is listed. If not drop me an email with a short description or an update if you're already featured.

I look forward to seeing you at some of the forthcoming events.

Best wishes


Amanda Daniel
Information and Marketing Co-ordinator
CSA & Organic Buying Groups
T: 0117 914 2424