Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the name we give to a diversity of approaches that all aim to strengthen direct farmer-eater relationships. This includes sharing risks and benefits. This is the essence of CSA.
#CSADay was first launched in 2015 by Small Farm Central as a sign-up day in the USA. Since then, CSA has continued to grow as a truly international phenomenon, with initiatives on all continents mobilising well over 2 million consumers.
#CSADay will be celebrated this year in the US on the 28th of February. For the #InternationalCSADay, URGENCI chose to stick to the exact same day every year : the 22nd of February is thus the official date for the #InternationalCSADay.
URGENCI is the international organisation that facilitates connections between existing national and local CSA networks through the shared belief in the core values of Agroecology: Food Sovereignty, Solidarity Economy and Biodiversity. URGENCI also supports the building of new regional and national CSA networks.
URGENCI’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as well as the recent 7th International Symposium, 4th European Meeting of CSA Movements and 2nd Mediterranean Meeting of Local Solidarity-based Partnerships for Agroecology are living proof that #CSADay must be international!
For many thousands of farmers around the world, #InternationalCSADay can bring about real change: sign up and support your local farmer! Give CSA farms a solid base!
And why not take advantage of CSA Day to speak to your neighbours, friends and colleagues? And if there is no CSA near you, create your own CSA in 2020 with the support of your regional or national network!
In Hungary, URGENCI’s member organization TVE is organising a special Family Day on the CSA farms: https://tudatosvasarlo.hu/
In other countries, there will be seed swaps to show the potential of CSA to do more than supporting the producer-consumer relationship, by becoming community seed banks.
To learn more about CSA in different parts of the world, check out our newly created URGENCI CSA Map: http://urgenci.net/csa-map/
You will read articles about the history and situation of the CSA movement in different parts of the world.
If you want to learn more about how to start or consolidate a CSA, visit URGENCI’s hub: https://hub.urgenci.net/. You will find tutorials, recorded webinars, booklets, trainer’s guides and other relevant materials there to help you.
Here are the links to some of our key tutorials :
1. How to start a CSA ?
2. What are the shared duties in a CSA?
3. How can you organise a CSA share distribution?
4. Legal Matters in a CSA
5. How can you organise a CSA farm visit?
6. CSA from a consumer’s perspective:
7. CSA Finances
8. Introduction to CSA and LSPA
9. Non-violent Communication in a CSA group
10. CSA: farming for communities
11. Communication on CSA farms
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