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The Community Farm, Somerset
The Community Farm, in the Chew Valley near Bristol, is a Community Benefit Society owned and democratically controlled by its members. The farm started trading in April 2011, having bought out an existing growing schem...
 

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Stroud Community Agriculture
A well established CSA with nearly 200 members which supplies a weekly vegetable box to its members and also keeps pigs, sheep and beef in order to supply meat to members that want to buy it. They rent 50 acres on two s...
Swillington CSA, Leeds
Their fruit and vegetable CSA is in its fourth year and currently supplies 30 shares. It is based in a 2 acre Victorian walled garden on Swillington Organic Farm, a 160-acre organic mixed livestock farm. They have a tea...
Growing Well, Cumbria
Growing Well is a farm-based charity that promotes mental health recovery and well-being by encouraging involvement in community-focused organic growing. This grower-led CSA developed out of the existing structure in 20...
Bungay Community Bees, Suffolk
Gemma Parker and Elinor McDowall launched Bungay Community Bees in April 2010 as a response to the worldwide decline of honey bees. Part of Suffolk’s first Transition Town, Sustainable Bungay, the project works to incre...
Canalside Community Food, Leamington Spa
Based on Leasowe Organic Farm, adjacent to the Grand Union Canal, Canalside Community Food now produces weekly shares of seasonal organic veg for over 100 households every week of the year from 7 acres of land and 5 pol...
Chagfood, Devon
Chagfood, started in 2009, rents three acres of land from two local farmers in Dartmoor National Park. They successfully applied for planning permission to put up 3 polytunnels and 2 sheds. Two part-time growers, with t...
The Community Farm, Somerset
The Community Farm, in the Chew Valley near Bristol, is a Community Benefit Society owned and democratically controlled by its members. The farm started trading in April 2011, having bought out an existing growing schem...
Church Farm, Ardeley, Hertfordshire
Church Farm is a 175 acre mixed agro-ecological farm in Hertfordshire, which has established a CSA project as part of the farm business. It supplies 150 farm boxes each week to around 120 members, with approximately 40 ...
Dragon Orchard Crop Sharers, Herefordshire
A crop share scheme, where Cropsharers pay for a share in the yearly apple harvest, orchard products and have seasonal weekend visits. The enterprise is farmer led and provides opportunities for members to enjoy and und...
Exeter Community Agriculture
Exeter Community Agriculture is renting four acres of grade 2 uncultivated land from a local organic farmer. They held their first public meeting in 2008 which was attended by over 80 people all keen to get involved and...
Fordhall Community Land Initiative, Shropshire
Fordhall Farm shows how enterprising young farmers can engage with the community, mutualise the land and put it into trusteeship using the Industrial and Provident Society structure, raise the purchase capital from memb...
Harrowbarrow and Metherell Agricultural Society (HAMAS), Cornwall
HAMAS CSA grows vegetables on five acres of land near Harrowbarrow and Metherell through an informal arrangement with a local farmer. HAMAS encourages membership involvement, holding fortnightly group-working weekends t...
Hazelhurst Fruitery, near Sheffield
The Fruitery, a mile from Sheffield, is a grower-led CSA that specialises in top fruit and soft fruit. An offshoot of an established family-owned company, the CSA owns three acres. It is expected to take five years to b...
HebVeg, West Yorkshire
HebVeg is a new CSA started in 2011 as a result of the local Transition Town Food Group. Each week 50 boxes are packed by member volunteers and collected from a local Baptist church hall. The vegetables are currently co...
Loxley Valley Community Farm, Sheffield
25 members who came together through the Landshare website, rent a 6.5 acre field near Sheffield, and are working together to produce their own food. They are growing vegetables, keeping bees and rearing turkeys, pigs, ...
Occombe Farm Community Agriculture, Torbay
Part of the wider Torbay Countryside and Coast Trust, Occombe Farm CSA works on a four acre site. The CSA is providing organic vegetables to its 25 members through a weekly box scheme.
Rent-a-vine, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Sussex
Rent-a-vine is a farmer led marketing scheme. In exchange for a membership fee, club members are entitled to discounts on organic wines, juices, liqueurs, fruit wines and ciders. They have priority access to wines produ...
Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch CSA, Sussex
This Community Supported Agriculture scheme farms around 700 acres on two small farms 3 miles apart: Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch. 500 acres of this land have been farmed bio-dynamically for around 20 years and the remaini...
Wester Lawrenceton Farm, Scotland
The Rodways developed a loan scheme, where members of the farm lend against the value of organic dairy cows, with the interest paid in cheese.
Whitmuir Organics, Scotland
Whitmuir Organics is a small, organic farm in the Borders. Farmed by Peter Ritchie and Heather Anderson, the 140 acres of grade 4 and 5 agricultural land is on a north-facing slope, 900 feet above sea level. They keep p...
Chagfarm, Devon
Chagfarm is a farmer-led community enterprise situated just outside Chagford in Devon. It is primarily an organic goat dairy business, but it also produces goat meat, pork, poultry and honey. Brothers Sylvan and Davon f...
Rhos Market Garden Veg Vouchers, Powys
Rhos Market Garden is a family-run, organic smallholding on six acres of rented land near the market town of Knighton (Powys, mid-Wales). The community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme at Rhos Market Garden is based o...
Mount Pleasant CSA
Mount Pleasant CSA is an emerging CSA on the north Cornish coast. Set up in 2013 the project is in development, building a core group of people who are working a few hours a week on a communal allotment, with a view to ...
Stream Farm Cropshares, Somerset
Stream Farm Cropshares enables members of the community to adopt an apple trees in return for a share of organic apple juice. It is based on an organic farm in the Quantock Hills in Somerset.