This farm is only possible because of the community of support it has.
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. The schemes help enable communities to take control of their food supply by providing their members with a variety of local, often organically produced food. In this case its raw milk. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the CSA page if you would like to become a member.
Part of the hope of setting up this farm is that it becomes part of the cultural life of the community and a community asset. Folk are involved in seasonal activities such as bringing in the hay, grubbing gorse, thanking the cows… There are educational opportunities from our formal school programme to casual open days on farm where people get to meet the cows and find out the details of where their milk comes from.
There are also a significant number of individuals who contribute to the farm from those who offer legal and professional advice, through to practical help with tractors and pumps, consulting on pasture and cow health. We have a food forest in the formation stages and also planned community planting of the riparian border. I’m also hoping to develop a community space on farm where we can meet as a community and decide what we want.