The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement is still at a fairly early stage in the UK, but it is rapidly growing. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no national website with a directory of all the UK CSAs. People who run CSAs are simply too busy to put one together despite a whole heap of goodwill.
Here at The Oak Tree we regularly get emails from people from around the country asking, “is there anything like The Oak Tree near me?” and we find it terribly frustrating to have to answer, “we don’t know!” The Soil Association used to maintain some listings, but they are way out of date, and, to be fair, it isn’t really their responsibility to sort this out.
This is why when Joanne was asked to be on the board of directors of a new national CSA Network she said a cautious, “Yes”. This is an unpaid role, and she’s putting in one day a month because we believe in it. But the new network needs your help too!
The aims of the national CSA Network are simple (at least to begin with):
- Have a website that lists all the UKs CSAs so potential members can find one near them.
- Fund regional meet-ups of CSAs like the one we held at The Oak Tree last year. This was a really great, encouraging and useful event.
- Hold a National CSA Conference once a year. Conferences cost a lot of money to run, and we need to keep the delegate fee low so as many hard-up CSAs as possible can come along.
There is a current crowdfunding campaign to enable the new CSA Network to do these things. Please click that link and put your hand in your pocket now to help the UK CSA movement grow! Community Supported Agriculture is the real local food revolution, and it won’t happen without your help.