Welcome to Camel CSA

February 5, 2009

Who are we? We are a group of people interested in helping to produce our own food using organic farming principles.

Where? We are based at St Kew Highway in north Cornwall on land around St Kew Harvest Farm Shop. The project welcomes new members from within approximately a 10-mile radius of St Kew.

What is a CSA? Camel CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is all about connecting people with the land where their food is grown.

Volunteers work with experienced farmers and growers on land managed by the group to produce food they can  share with their families.  A CSA is committed to the community by providing employment, education, recreation and supporting local farmers and producers. Our CSA is non-profit taking so all money is ploughed back into the project.

What are the benefits?

  • You will be eating fresh, healthy and nutritious food from just a few miles away
  • You know where your food comes from and the people who grow it
  • You get to enjoy fresh air and fun (and exercise!) by sharing in the work and the harvest
  • You get a say in how your food is produced and the chance to take advice and learn from professional growers
  • You can help to make your community a better, healthier place

How does Camel CSA work? Each member has an equal vote in how the group is managed. Members can also purchase a weekly share of the produce, which can either be collected from the site in St Kew or at drop-off points that we hope to establish in surrounding areas.

When we are successful with our funding bids, we will use local professional growers to develop the main site and provide advice and assistance to any volunteers who participate. Initially a small site is being developed with voluntary help to start the growing process. Any extra vegetables needed for the boxes will be bought in from farmers in the area.

How much does it cost? Membership is £24 per year. Weekly shares in the vegetable harvest will be available for members. Small box (feeds 1-2) – £5; Medium box (feeds 2-4) – £8; Large box (feeds 4+) – £15

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