June 2017 membership update: We have a small number of veg shares still available for the 2017 season, including half box, subsidised and monthly payment options. As we have already started our boxes, members will receive a discount for the weeks missed. We do hope you’ll join us to share the harvest!
What is membership all about?
- 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 2017 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Typical vegetables throughout the season – our 2017 plan is pretty much the same
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 2017, if the weather behaves itself, we’ll be harvesting for our members from June until December!