The Project

 The aims of the project:

The experienced team at the Soil Association aims to:

  • help new CSAs to become established,
  • support the development of a
    CSA network,
  • offer a range of training opportunities and mentoring
    support to CSAs,
  • raise the profile of the CSA approach through promotion
    and policy work.

In addition, they are helping buying groups to buy more fresh seasonal organic produce and exploring the range and potential for larger buying group models.

The support being offered by the Soil Association through Making Local Food Work:

  • The Soil Association is providing comprehensive information through a website to help initiatives to get established – this includes a detailed action manual, case studies, ‘how to’ guides and lots of practical examples;
  • Regional officers who provide advice and support to groups setting up new CSAs;
  • Helping groups with finding land, finding farmers/growers that are interested in being involved and finding local suppliers etc.
  • Running CSA training and networking events;
  • Ongoing support in the form of ‘buddying’ links with other initiatives.

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