Organic veg boxes at School Farm
As a member of School Farm CSA you will receive a box of fresh, organic vegetables grown exclusively here on the farm at Dartington.
Choose from a standard weekly box of organic vegetables for hungry families or a slightly smaller box for couples and individuals. Each veg box will be packed full of goodies depending on the season- from broad beans and peas at mid-summer, juicy tomatoes in high summer, and hearty squashes for autumnal feasts. All the vegetables are grown here at School Farm under organic certification and we never buy anything in. Because of this operate our veg box scheme seasonally from June to December.
We harvest our veg every Tuesday, ready for members to pick up from our farm on the Dartington Estate or at our pick-up point in Totnes.
We offer a monthly payment scheme and offer a limited number of subsidised boxes to make it easier for you to join us.
You can sign up for our organic vegetable harvest shares via our website, or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How does School Farm CSA differ from other organic veg box schemes?
The farm operates a Community Supported Agriculture scheme (this is what the CSA in our name stands for!).
CSA members receive an array of seasonal, freshly picked, organic produce, whilst supporting ecological farming practices and local livelihoods.
A share of the produce contains a range of freshly harvested vegetables and occasionally fruit (roughly 6-10 different types of vegetable each week). A share is designed to feed a household of two adults per week, or a larger family that don’t cook every day. Some of our members choose to share a box and we also have local catering company The Kitchen Table subscribing – so it’s a box that fits lots of people in many different ways.
Members also receive a monthly CSA newsletter and regular updates about the farm and recipes in their vegetable boxes
We aim to supply a weekly box of vegetables from June through to December, weather permitting.
You can pick up your vegetables in Totnes or from the farm on the Dartington Hall Estate.
Cost of a share for the full 2018 season is £500, with monthly payment plans and subsidies available.
Members are invited to attend events, tours and volunteer days at the farm and to have their say through our members surveys and yearly celebration and AGM event
Membership spaces fill up fast so please sign up as early as possible by filling in our online membership form. If you’re new to the scheme here’s our ‘story so far’ and you can check out our membership FAQ’s page for more information.
Any questions? Contact Lindsay: email@example.com
Typical vegetables throughout the season – our 2018 crop plan has changed very little due to vegetable success in previous years
Still not certain membership is for you?
New member for 2016, Sandy, explains why she made the leap from knowing about the CSA to signing up.
Why do we farmers love CSA?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, where the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. Benefits are enjoyed by all sides: farmers for instance can receive a more stable and secure income and closer connection with their community, and members can benefit by eating fresh healthy food, feeling more connected to the land where their food is grown and learning new skills.
How is our CSA radically different to the supermarket?
We don’t put a monetary value on our veg, which means that instead of packing up a box of veg that is equal to £19 we ask members to subscribe to the farm for £500/year and for that we’ll do our best to grow as many vegetables as humanly possible, in a variety that will tickle your palette for as long as the weather will allow. Each week we divide up what is ripe and share it out equally with our members. If the weather is terrible our members know we’ve done our best and accept a smaller harvest, and if the weather is amazing then our members are rewarded for their commitment with a share of the abundance. Your share of the harvest will vary from week to week, season to season, and year to year. In 2018, if the weather behaves itself, we’ll be harvesting for our members from June until December!