Over the coming month we will be exploring the share farming model and CSA (community supported agriculture). Simple ideas that help thousands of young people get into farming, and in an industry where more than half of England’s farmers are now over 55 years old, these new initiatives are absolutely vital for the regeneration of rural areas throughout the UK.
The appeal of these share/community farming models is that they offers farmers an opportunity to reclaim a larger portion of the food profit through innovative direct marketing, local processing and other value-added activities; consumers develop opportunities to reconnect with their food supply; and communities gain opportunities to strengthen their social and economic health by creating meaningful jobs and recirculating social and financial capital locally.
WHAT IS SHARE FARMING?
Share farming is an opportunity for two or more parties to build and share in the wealth of a well-managed farm. It is a means by which the share farmer can build his own farming business without the risk of starting from scratch. An effective share farming arrangement gives the share farmer access to the wealth of experience and knowledge gained from life on a farm, as well as a means of sharing the assets of the farm.
WHAT IS CSA?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, in which 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 consumers can benefit by eating fresh healthy food, feeling more connected to the land where their food is grown and learning new skills.
STREAM FARM: A BRILLIANT SHARE FARMING MODEL
James Odgers and the rest of the farmers at Stream Farm are farming revolutionaries – they’re providing an alternative perspective on food production and consumption based on connection, value, and transparency.
So, stay tuned, we will be sharing the stories of all the farmers at Stream Farm in the coming weeks, as well as a few community owned farms around the UK. People that are definitely enriching our local farming and food culture.