Within the frame of the SolidBase project on the financial sustainability of Community -Supported Agriculture, a research was conducted among the CSA movement, through an online questionnaire answered by 116 groups in Europe, a consumer questionnaire filled in by more than 320 respondents, and in-depth interviews with more than 40 CSA farmers. The result for the research is now available: SolidBaseResearch
Several members of URGENCI took part to the European Seminar on Access to Land, that was held 9th-13th September 2019 in Villarceaux, France. The seminar was organised as part of a European Union-funded project on Local Land Strategies. 90 participants from all corners of Europe from Ireland to Greece and from Spain to Ukraine had the opportunity to share their experience.
"Our hub combines all the functionalities of a resource centre for CSA members, CSA farmers and CSA trainers", explains Zsofia Perenyi, URGENCI’s Special Expert on Education and one of the key persons behind the hub. "There are modular training curricula to follow, videos to watch, sample documents to be used in so-called "real life", webinars to attend or to listen to, mentors to interact with, practical booklets to print for yourself and many many more... ".
The second of the four test seminars foreseen in the European project "Solid Base – Financial Sustainability for Solidarity-Based Food System“ focused on how to plan CSAs financially. During this seminar, the discussion was on how we should be looking for new ways of supporting the financial self-sufficiency of solidarity food systems, including Community –Supported Agriculture (CSA).
This report describes the responses received to a survey of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018. In this executive summary, key findings are highlighted, though for a more complete picture of the findings please refer to the full report on the following pages.