European Handbook on CSA

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The Handbook has been published as part of the Community Supported Agriculture for Europe project coordinated by Urgenci and conducted 2011-2013 with the following organisations:

  • ATTAC, Austria;
  • CEPTA, Slovakia;
  • DIO, Greece;
  • Gute Erde Kattendorf, Germany;
  • PRO-BIO LIGA, Czech Republic;
  • Soil Association, United Kingdom;
  • TVE, Hungary.

Authors

This handbook has been written by a collective authors belonging to Community supported Agriculture -initiatives in 8 different European countries: Jade Bashford, Kathleen Cross, Wolfgang Eichinger Andreas Georgakakis, Morgane Iserte, Fabian Kern, Daniel Lešinský, Stephan Pabst, Jocelyn Parot, Zsófia Perényi, Jan Valeška and Maike Wendland.

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Contents

  • Introduction 5
  • What is CSA? 6
  • What probems does CSA seek to address? 8
  • Benefits of CSA 10
    • Benefits to local communities 10
    • Benefits to farmers 11
    • Risks 11
  • Current situation of CSA in selected countries 12
    • Austria 12
    • Czech Republic 13
    • France 13
    • Germany 14
    • Greece 15
    • Hungary 16
    • Slovakia 17
    • United Kingdom 17
  • CSA Models Description 18
    • Number of Farms involved 18
    • Degree of Participation of Members 18
    • Degree of Economic Trust 21
  • Legal Position of CSAs in selected European countries (23-26)
    • Austria 23
    • Czech Republic 23
    • France 24
    • Germany 25
    • Greece 25
    • Hungary 25
    • Slovakia 26
    • United Kingdom 26
  • How to get a CSA started 27
    • Near the beginning, key activities 27
    • How much land is needed 30
    • How to finance a CSA fairly 33
    • Different approaches to payment and delivery 35
  • Deciding on a method of distribution 36
  • CSA in a word 38
  • Links and other information 39