CSA Gathering - South of England

19 October 2013 11:30 - 19 October 2013 16:30

Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DP

You are invited to come to a gathering of community supported agriculture (CSA) projects from the South of England region, including London, at Tablehurst Farm, East Sussex, on Saturday 19th October this autumn. Our gathering of CSAs and community farming or growing enterprises is a first step in the creation of a regional networking hub. The event is as much for trading CSAs as for those in development or planning. 

The Background

Following on from The Big Lottery funding for Making Local Food Work (MLFW), a steering group of MLFW agencies and CSAs have been working together to develop a CSA UK Network. The network should be in place to support and promote the sector into the future. The growth of CSAs has been one of the defining features of the UK local food movement that MLFW has done so much to nurture.
The need for a future organisation to support and promote the sector has been identified at recent CSA gatherings in England and Wales. So far the steering group have drafted a Business Plan and Charter for the new network. Plans have been laid to launch the national network on 3 December at Stroud, Glos, and one of the outcomes of the regional gathering in Sussex will be to encourage representation at the launch conference.

Our Purpose

The regional gathering at Tablehurst should offer an opportunity to talk about the CSA UK Network and how it would work, and to explore the role of a Regional Hub in the network.  The gathering could allow existing CSAs in the South to showcase their experience, to connect with and learn from others. It should be an opportunity to allow people considering setting up CSAs to further their understanding. The whole gathering would be a forum in which to reflect upon and contribute to the draft CSA Charter; recommendations being incorporated into the final draft. 


The event is FREE, although we ask you to pay for food. 

Please book your place at https://southerncsahub.eventbrite.co.uk/.  On the 19th there is a choice for food: either a soup and roll (£3.50) from the farm café or a BBQ (meal with veg options) for £7.00. This will benefit Tablehurst Farm and be a thank you for their free hosting our gathering. Directions to Tablehurst Farm can be found at http://www.tablehurst-farm.co.uk/find-us/

The Programme

11.30 Arrivals
11.45 Welcome and introduction
11.50 SA presentation: CSAs - What they are and how they work 
12.00 Diversity of CSAs in the South: Tablehurst and Farnham Local Food
12.10 Open Space CSA networking (We will break out into local groups)
12.30 Keynote presentation: CSA Network, the Charter and the role of the regional hub
1.00  Lunch and networking
• Tablehurst Farm BBQ with veg option £7.00
• Tablehurst Café soup & bread roll £3.50
2.15  Facilitated discussion about what's wanted and what people can bring to the        regional hub. Flip charts around, people writing things up.
3.00  Short farm walk
3.45  Next Steps
• What can you do to build the regional network? ie. Host an event or farm walk for CSA neighbours
• Come to the National Conference at Stroud
• Comment on the Charter at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/CSAnetworkUK
• Set up a Southern region blog or social media platform?
4.30 Close of Day

We will be in the Lambing Barn, an open building, so bring warm clothes!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. I look forward to seeing you all at this new and exciting time in the growth of our CSA movement. I especially hope to meet up with people who are dreaming of creating a CSA and trust that this event will start to turn that dream into a reality.



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