What is School Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
We are the UK’s only no-dig, certified-organic community farm. We are building a model to help local communities take control of how their food is produced and to invest in their own futures by creating sustainable livelihoods.
We want our CSA to become a resource by sharing our knowledge of sustainable techniques and by creating a farm that can be replicated from Land’s End to John o’Groats. We are:
• Putting power back in the hands of the local community. Our food comes at a fair price for our members, going straight from farm to fork.
• Providing apprenticeships and training opportunities. We run horticultural training, affordable gardening courses, volunteer days and open days.
• Boosting the local economy. Our local economy is enhanced by local consumption, employment and a re-circulation of money
• Improving the health of the land we work on. Growing vegetables using no-dig, certified organic techniques increases the beauty and biodiversity of the land we work on (just watch our video!).
Why do we need money?
Demand for what we are doing outstrips the land we have available to us. We need funds to take on more land to cultivate as we have a membership waiting list and there is demand for more training and education opportunities. As we operate on a not-for-profit basis we need that initial investment boost.
What will we do with your money?
• Double our CSA membership from 20 to 40 households
• Expand our 1 acre growing area into a 2 acre field above our current site.
• Put in necessary infrastructure in the 2 acre field including tree windbreaks, sheds for crop storage and educational activities as well as a community space.
• Offer more educational opportunities including apprenticeships in partnership with local colleges, more gardening courses and more volunteer opportunities.
• Continue to bring new entrants into farming by providing space where students can put into practice their learning and trial their own business ideas.
• Reach out to the wider community, particularly those most affected by the economic downturn; we will investigate offering CSA membership on a sliding scale.
• Continue building the involvement of the local community through membership, volunteer opportunities, educational experiences and our events program.
• Develop networks and partnerships across the UK.
• Trial more ecological ways of growing food.
Why have we chosen to raise money through crowdfunding?
Rather trying to take out a bank loan and the interest going into bankers’ pockets, we want to use our crowdfunding to draw like-minded supporters (that means you!) who are also inspired to take a stand against the status quo and help communities rebuild their local food economy.
Every pound donated will make a difference to what we are doing, and if it’s not for you then buying our gift vouchers will help us and help spread the word.
Click here to contribute: https://buzzbank.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?projectId=138
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