Swillington CSA, Leeds
Their fruit and vegetable CSA is in its fourth year and currently supplies 30 shares. It is based in a 2 acre Victorian walled garden on Swillington Organic Farm, a 160-acre organic mixed livestock farm. They have a team of growers, and enjoy working with volunteers who come down to the garden on Fridays and Saturdays to learn new growing skills. CSA members pick their fruit and vegetables up from the shed in the garden.
Swillington also provides a monthly supply of meat and poultry to 57 members. Initiated by a group of consumers keen to get locally sourced and responsibly produced meat direct from the farmer, they can purchase pork and chicken. Payment for both is for a six month period in advance. This helps the farmer with cash flow, production planning and provides a secure market. Poultry and pork production uses about 15 acres of the farm.
Members all belong to the Headingly Development Trust who coordinate the orders and the finances. CSA members receive a 20% discount and pay £60 for chicken and £96 for pork and collect their share at one of three monthly farmers markets which the farmer regularly attends. The core group is keen to find a way to run the beef herd on a CSA format and are currently planning to expand their sheep flock using a CSA model. Members are invited to special on-farm events such as BBQs, farm tours nd barn dances.