Whether you are running a CSA, is a member of a CSA, interested in starting a CSA or just interested in how communities can
come together to make changes to their local food systems, then this session is for you. We will highlight and share
experiences from a variety of CSA schemes followed by an opportunity to discuss ways in which the CSA Network UK
can support established, new and burgeoning CSAs and help secure a positive future for Community Supported Agriculture in the UK.
Chair: Tracy Jones, CSA Network UK
Tracy sits on the board of CSA Network UK and is a farm committee member for the Vana Trust organic care farm. She is an IFOAM EU graduate and currently writing her MSc organic farming thesis.
Sylvan Friend, Chagford Community Farm
Sylvan was born and raised in Devon where his parents kept goats as part of a smallholding. Partly due to this upbringing and partly due to closely witnessing the development and success of Chagfood CSA, he became increasingly interested in farming. He started beekeeping in Bristol together with his brother Davon and this got them thinking about offering honey as part of a CSA scheme. At the time Sylvan was working as a self employed carpenter but realised that he wanted to work the land and start farming. He moved back to Devon in 2012 where together with his brother, he started Chagford Community Farm, a goat dairy, meat and honey CSA based on Northeast Dartmoor.
Annkatrin Hendry and Nicky Gibbins, Chagfood Community Market Garden
Annkatrin co-founded Chagfood Community Market Garden in 2010 and has since worked on the garden part-time as a grower as well as co-managing Chagfood’s working horses. Nicky Gibbins has more than a decade of experience in organic horticulture and joined Chagfood in March 2014 as a full-time grower. Between them they offer a valuable insight into the set-up and successful management of Chagfood which currently supplies 80 veg-shares a week from six acres of land on the edge of Dartmoor.