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A Community Supported Agriculture briefing day

on Wednesday 30th April

10am to 4.30pm

at

Stroud Community Agriculture, Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucestershire

 

Everyone interested in setting up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is welcome.

The event will be run at Hawkwood College, home of Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA).

The day will include a tour of the farm with Mark Harrison - SCA’s vegetable grower and a series of discussions and workshops covering a variety of topics including:

Crop planning, harvesting and distributing veg

Running public meetings

Building the CSA community

Setting up an effective core group

Legal / organisational structures

Finances

….and whatever else you want to know about CSA (see booking form)

Participants will be offered a SCA information pack and provided with a follow-up service to cover any outstanding questions.

The day will be co-led by Mark Harrison (who also has 4 years’ experience as SCA’s treasurer), Jade Bashford from the Soil Association and Nick Weir who is a founder member of SCA and has been closely involved in supporting several other groups to set up CSA projects. Nick specialises in community-building, communication, participatory planning, business and conflict management.

 

The event is FREE. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited so booking is essential. Participants will need to fund their own travel to the event. Stroud bus and rail stations are 20 minutes’ walk from SCA.

 

A comprehensive CSA Action Manual is available on our CSA website: www.cuco.org.uk; you will benefit more fully on the day if you are able to read this before attending the event, if possible!

To book a place please complete the booking form below. For more details contact:

Nick Weir on 01453 840037 or email : nick.weir@localfood.org.uk

 

This event is part of the Soil Association’s new Community Supported Agriculture project which is being funded by the BIG Lottery Fund to support the set up of new CSAs and the development of a CSA network. For more information on the

Soil Association’s new Community Supported Agriculture project,

contact Amanda Daniel on adaniel@soilassociation.org

 


Community Supported Agriculture briefing day

EVENT BOOKING FORM

We are very pleased that you will be joining us on 30th April for the CSA day. We want to make the day as useful and relevant as possible so would appreciate you taking a few minutes to tell us what you want from the day. If you would prefer to tell us by phone, call Nick on 01453 840037

Please return this form to Nick at nick.weir@localfood.org.uk

Your name: …………………………………………………………………………………………

Organisation or group (if you have one) : .………………………………………………………

Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Email: …………………………………………………..Phone:…………………………………...

Tick this box if you do not want us to pass on your email and phone to other participants. ¨

What are you most interested in? We can’t cover it all! Please put a 1 next to areas of high interest and a 2 for vague interest. Leave it blank if it is not of interest.

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Crop planning for CSA

Harvesting and distributing veg

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Legal structures for CSA

Producing meat for CSA

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Running a public meeting

Setting up an effective core group

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Managing conflict in CSA

Building the CSA community

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Administrating the membership

Financial issues and treasury for CSA

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Visioning for CSA

Bursaries and members on low income

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Finding land for a CSA

Finding a farmer for a CSA

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Starting a consumer group around a farm

Volunteer management

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Information about the Local Food Fund

Business planning

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Please write here anything else you want to get out of the day. ……………………………………….

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We will be providing sandwiches and cakes for lunch. Please tell us about any special food (or other) requirements you have …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

We recommend that you read the following Soil Association documents before you come on the briefing day. They cover a lot of useful background and may raise more useful questions for you:

‘CSA action manual’ and ‘The story of CSA in Stroud’ – both at www.soilassociation.org/csa

You are welcome to arrive for coffee from 9.30am on Wednesday 30th April. We will start at 10am and finish at 4.30pm. We will be working in Studio 1 at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Wick Street, Stroud GL6 7QW. For directions www.stroudcommunityagriculture.org/where.php

If you are coming by train or bus, Hawkwood is a scenic 20-minute walk up hill from the stations - call Nick for footpath directions.

Please come prepared for a walk around the farm.