Chagfood is one of a growing number of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) schemes across the UK that directly connect consumers and the farmers who produce their food. CSA simply describes a model of subscription farming where customers commit to support a farm for an entire season by paying for their produce either up front or by monthly direct debit. From the farmer’s point of view this commitment provides a guaranteed market and allows us to farm in a more low-input ecological way. In return our members have a direct connection to the people and the fields producing their food and the opportunity to get involved with how their food is produced.
At Chagfood we offer our members a ‘share’ of the harvest over the entire growing season for a set price. This means that in a good year when the crops grow particularly well you share in a bountiful harvest. It also means that in bad year when there are crop losses you accept a slightly smaller/lower quality share of the harvest. Either way you are directly connected to whatever is ‘in season’ on your doorstep every week of the year as well as how the weather and climate affects the food you eat. Put simply CSA is about consumers & farmers sharing the rewards and the risks of farming between them.
Because the CSA model supports us to supply our local market we do not have to meet the transport, retail and marketing costs of larger organic box schemes and the supermarkets. As a result we remain competitive on price when you compare the cost of your share with the value of produce you receive over the entire season from June to March. We are also committed to offering 10 percent of our shares at a discounted price to low-income local families as we believe that good quality fresh vegetables should not be a luxury but should be accessible to everyone.